Portugal's capital for nearly 900 years, Lisbon keeps the past alive without being nostalgic. It is firmly committed to modernity and is prepared for the future.

Lisbon’s strategy for economic promotion and attracting new investments is based on the following pillars:

  • Foster internationalisation and promote Lisbon´s economy competitive capacity at a regional and global scale;
  • Create, attract and retain talent, companies, investments and activities in strategic sectors;
  • Nurture innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial attitude in Lisbon;
  • Transform Lisbon into an open space, explore new motivations, experiences and concepts;
  • Position Lisbon within the major production networks and global value chains;
  • Include Lisbon in the main international city projects and networks.

Investor's Guide

Please browse the Investor Guides produced by some of our Partners:

Some additional information:

  • Demographics and economical data
    • Geodados (only available in Portuguese)
  • Made of Lisboa (Lisbon's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem) - Lisbon City Council

Real Estate

Real estate investors can benefit from the many incentives and advantages Lisbon has to offer. 


  • RE9 - 9 Advantages to rehabilitate in Lisbon
  • IFRRU 2020 -  Financial instrument designed to support investments in urban rehabilitation

Relevant Information



  • IAPMEI – Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (only available in Portuguese)

Incentives to Commerce Investment

  • IAPMEI – Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (only available in Portuguese)

Incentives to Tourism Investment

Tax Incentives

  • IAPMEI – Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (only available in Portuguese)

Incentives to Job Creation

  • Co-funded Internships – Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (only available in Portuguese)


Investment Opportunities

  • Real Estate
    • Estamo - sale of public real estate (only available in Portuguese)
    • Project REVIVE - Historical landmarks open to private investment through public tendering.
    • e-Auctions Portal - Solicitadores and Enforcement Agents National Association  (only available in Portuguese)
    • Citius - sale of seized property (only available in Portuguese)
    • Banks (real estate sold by banks)
      • CustoJusto (only available in Portuguese)

      • OLX (only available in Portuguese)
  • SMEs & Projects
To find out more about real estate opportunities, please contact Invest Lisboa 


Short-term stays

Who does not need a visa?

Citizens of European Union member states, as well as of IcelandNorwaySwitzerland and Liechtenstein, can live and work in Portugal without a visa.

Citizens of some other countries do not need a visa for short-term stays (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), being free to enter and stay in the 26 Schengen States (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), where common rules for short-stay visas apply.

Who does need a visa?

List of third countries whose nationals are required to hold a short-stay visa (Schengen visas), issued by one of the 26 Schengen States, to travel within the Schengen area.

To visit Portugal, visas should be applied for at the Portuguese Consulates or Embassies at the country of residence. 

Long-term stays

There are two types of long-term visas in Portugal:

  • Temporary stay visas (4-month period with multiple entries, for medical treatment, to study or work, for instance)

These visas are also applied for at the Portuguese Consulates or Embassies at the country of residence.

For further information on the types of visas, as well as on required procedures and documents, please visit:

Obs.: Portuguese authorities may require legalised documents (apostilled according to the rules of The Hague Convention) and, if these were issued in a foreign language, a certified translation (done by a translator accredited by a Portuguese Consulate, or certified by a Portuguese lawyer or issued by the country’s Consulate in Portugal) may be also requested. For further information, please visit:


Tech Visa

Tech Visa is a certification programme for technological and innovative companies for the purpose of granting visas or residence permits to highly qualified third-country nationals. Applications to be submitted here.

Employees qualified under the Tech Visa programme must have some command of the Portuguese, English, French or Spanish languages - to know more about available Portuguese language classes, in Portugal or abroad, please browse this link.


Descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews

Descendants of Sephardic Jews may be granted citizenship (by naturalisation) if:

  • they have not been convicted of a crime involving a prison sentence equal to or exceeding 3 years;
  • they can produce evidence of belonging to a Sephardic Community of Portuguese origin (e.g. family names and records, testimonial & expert evidence submitted in writing).

Documents to be submitted within the application process include: Birth Certificate, translated and legalised; full certified copy of Passport; Criminal Record; Application addressed to the Minister for Justice; Other documents attesting to Portuguese roots (e.g. Certificate from Jewish Community).

For further information, please browse here.


Golden Residence Permit Programme

ARI - Residence permit for investment activity (Golden Visa) - apply here


Obs. Companies (like the two mentioned below) can also be hired to provide support on visas and residence permits, among other services to expats and immigrants:


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