The French Embassy in Portugal, located in the historical Marquês de Abrantes palace, in the Santos area of Lisbon, has a long history of supporting French residents and visitors. It has been open since 1948 and can be divided into two separate entities: The Embassy itself, and the consular section. Learn about the differences between the two, and what services they provide.
The Embassy itself plays an institutional role, serving as a diplomatic bridge between France and Portugal, namely through the person of the ambassador, the highest ranking official. It is, therefore, of less use to the French citizen, who should rather resort to the consular section for most of the assistance he might need.
Nonetheless, the Embassy does provide some useful services and information for French people who are considering living in Portugal. The following is a list of the most important services:
- Information for people who want to visit or live in Portugal (advice for travelers and information on exports)
- Information about French organisations in Portugal (lists of schools, institutions, associations, etc..)
- Events and news
- Press and communication services
The consular section
The consular section is where French citizens in Portugal can go to deal with most of the issues they might need and maintain ties to their country. This is where they can exercise their rights and duties, such as obtaining passports and identity cards, changing their marital status, dealing with military service requirements, register for voting and vote.
The French Embassy in Portugal has a site (French only) with a full list of consular services, but here is a list of the most relevant.
Main services provided by the consular section:
– Issuing of passports and identity cards
– Arranging a meeting with the consular section
– Information on marital state, nationality and births
– Issuing of certificates
– Notarial issues
– Information on scholarships
– Information on employment and professional training
The French Consulate also operates several consular agencies in Portugal. These are represented by honorary consuls and are tasked with guaranteeing the protection of French citizens and their interests within their area of intervention. Currently there are consular agencies in Porto, Funchal, Horta, Ponta Delgada, Tavira, Coimbra and Leiria.
Useful information: contacts, schedule and how to get there
Contacts of the French Embassy in Portugal
Address: Rua de Santos-o-Velho, 5 – 1249-079 Lisboa
Tel.: (+351) 213 939 100
Emergency number: (+351) 966 160 701
Fax: (+351) 213 939 150
Office hours of the French Embassy in Portugal
Open Monday to Friday, between 08.30 e as 12.00
How to get to the French Embassy in Portugal
Train: Santos station (Cascais line)
Tram: 15E (Santos), 25E (Santos-o-Velho), 28E (São Bento, Poço dos Negros)
Bus: 713, 714 e 727 (Santos-o-Velho) and 706 (Conde-Barão)