I need a Schengen visa to visit Portugal as a tourist. When trying to make an appointment on vfs website I got confused:

screenshot of the vfs webpage

Which one should I select as the category?

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The first three options clearly are not right for you.

The remaining two look more likely. I think you should select the Short Stay - Schengen Visa.

While the Tourist Visa at first glance looks more specific to you, it might be a special national visa category reserved for package deals etc. with specific conditions. You already say you need a Schengen visa, and the option is the only one that clearly says it is one.

In principle, Schengen short stay visas don't distinguish between categories of purpose like e.g. the US does (with B1 for business, B2 for tourism, and a combined B1/B2 for both).

In most cases, you'll need to stick to the purpose you give at the visa application when you first use your visa for entry. The consulate will decide if you are issued a single, double, or multiple entry visa, and if you get a multiple entry visa, you can use it again for a different purpose another time without applying for a new visa.


If you want Schengen visa to travel as tourist then "TOURIST VISA" will be applicable. If your stay is longer then "SHORT STAY Schengen VISA" Followed by if you have business to attend to then " BUSINESS VISA" Same goes on for other aspects.

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    This Answer has been accepted, but I find it unclear and incomplete. Schengen visa terms (the 90/180 thing) are common to all Schengen countries, and such visas used for one-nation and multi-nation tourism. Without further definition, "Short stay Schengen" and "Tourist" are meaningless categories. Perhaps "Short stay Schengen" really means "Portugal, less than 90 days." Further, it's wholly unclear what "Tourist" means, as a tourist may plan to travel to one country or several, and stay for a short or a long time. I assume there's some explanation, but this isn't it. Downvoted. Oct 9, 2021 at 14:44
  • Thanks for pointing it out! @DavidSupportsMonica
    – Code42
    Oct 13, 2021 at 21:00

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