When arriving in Portugal, you should take into account the following legal proceedings:

  1. Non-European students who arrive in Portugal through a border not subject to border control (with no passport stamp) must contact the Department for Foreigners and Border Control Immigration and Borders Service within three days after their arrival in the country to declare entry. More information: http://www.sef.pt/documentos/56/Nova%20Lei%20de%20EstrangeirosEN2.pdf.
  2. If arriving in Portugal by air one must declare their entry in the airport at the Customs Service.
  3. The Entry Declaration must be delivered to the Immigration and Borders Service as stipulated by law. Once this period has passed you will have to pay a fine.

Other steps that must be followed:

. Make your enrollment at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria;

. Apply to the nearest Health Center;

. Renew your student visa in the Immigration and Borders Service.


Once you are enrolled at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria you are entitled to a personal accident insurance coverage (within campus).

Citizens of the European Union must present their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) guaranteeing health care coverage to the National Health Service [Serviço Nacional de Saúde – SNS].

Entrance into Portugal does not require vaccinations unless students are arriving from a geographical risk area.