Article in Today's Sunday Times

In theory the penalty for overstaying the 90-day allowance in Portugal is deportation, but Pedro Gil Mineiro, an immigration lawyer based in Lisbon, says he doesn’t know a single case of anyone running into trouble on an overstayed visa. He attributes the leniency in Portugal to the merger of two government immigration departments at the end of October.

The Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, which was responsible for the border, has been merged with the agency for integration, migration, and asylum. Mineiro says that even for normal visa applications the process has ground to a halt. “It was already difficult to process applications. Now it’s even worse,” he says. “There is a situation where there is this complete absence of authorities to deal with. You try to phone and they just don’t pick up.”

Mineiro says that this year, one of his clients, a British man, was caught by the police for overstaying his tourist visa when he was arrested for committing a crime. Instead of deporting him, Mineiro says, “they gave him time to legalise his situation”.

The 90-day visa rebels breaking the rules for their Euro dream

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Another quote
Since the start of 2021, 1,550 British nationals have been deported from EU countries following an “order to leave” notice. This could be for a number of reasons, including overstaying residence and study visas. Sweden accounts for half of that number, and has deported 925 Brits. France has deported 80; Spain and Portugal have deported none.

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So basically this guy isnt trustworthy. They just merged, you cant blame years of leniency on that.

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I have to say that I was more interested in the report than the guy failing to provide some believable justification for the shenanigans.

In any case, it is going to be short lived since ETIAS is on the horizon.

It will be a question of “computer says no”.