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Travelling to Portugal after visa approval

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Hi there. We have had our D8 visa approved with a start date of the visa in July, but I think my question would be the same for a D7 visa. My question is do we need to travel direct to Portugal or can we go via a European Schengen country when we are going there permanently. If we can go via Schengen area, what are the dates we need to consider? Can we arrive in Schengen before the Portuguese visa start date and then travel to Portugal on/after the visa start date. Also, how do we prove that we arrived in Portugal to ‘activate’ the visa? Do we need to register somewhere to get a stamp? We have UK passports, and were planning on going to France to see some family first before travelling to Portugal when our visa starts. Appreciate any guidance form anyone who’s had a similar issue and what their experiences were. Thanks!

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We were told by our PT lawyer we could enter before our Visa start date since we have 90/180 days to be here under tourist visa. When we went to our SEF appointment, we had two options for showing entry into Portugal. 

1. Passport stamp into Portugal.

2. Boarding passes from an airline if traveling to Portugal from the Schengen area.  

 

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@jonesdn2020 Same for us…either passport stamp or boarding passes…  We just arrived on April 25th so current info!!

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That’s great. Thanks for the information, much appreciated!

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