The SA Embassy in Lisbon will close from Monday, 23 March in line with the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on 19 March 2020 announcing measures to implement the 15 days state of emergency in Portugal, instituted at midnight on 20 March and to last until 4 April 2020. Portugal has called for maximum restraint, including to work from home for all non-essential services to contain the spread of the virus.
The Mission will thus close from 23 March to re-open on 06 April 2020, with that date depending on any further notices or possible extension. Mission staff will be working from home and consular services will be handled on an emergency basis as required.
For Consular and related emergencies only, the Embassy staff can be contacted as follows:
Mobile: +351(0) 964 151 989 plus SMS
Please note the travel advisory issued this week by the Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as published on the SA Embassy website and Facebook Page, as follows:
Please confirm regular updates on DIRCO Website:
Also at the South African Government website:
DIRCO’s 24 hours Operations center is available on +27 12 351 1000.
Also please find two contacts at the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any issues or urgent requests regarding foreign nationals in Portugal:
NB: Please be informed that the Portuguese Government will accept visas or residence permits expired after 13.02.2020, which will be considered valid until 30.06.2020.