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Travelling without a visa - Portugal

If one is married to a EU member, can a NON- EU member be issued with a visa at the Portuguese airport? We are struggling with the embassy in Cape Town and need to leave the country by 16th June. 


  • Life will be much easier if you have your visa but EU citizens have the fundamental right to travel with their non - EU family members to travel to any EU member state even without  the required visa.

    This has been confirmed and clarified by the European Court of Justice (ECJ)  in the case of MRAX vs Kingdom of Belgium 2002 and has been incorporated explicitly in Directive 2004/38/EC

    Please read this article and weigh up the pros and cons

    Good luck
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