Portuguese Citizens enjoy one of the most respected passports in the world. In fact, the Portuguese Passport is ranked the 6th best passport in the world. Portuguese Passport Holders can travel visa-free or obtain visa on arrival in 172 Countries and Territories. Please see the map and graph below:
Portugal is also part of the Schengen Area which is comprised of 26 European Countries. These countries have virtually removed border controls between them. Citizens of Schengen Countries can travel freely without a passport. They only need an identification document to enter other EU countries.
The Schengen Area countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Four of these countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) are not members of the EU but enjoy similar rights under the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
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