U.S. Citizen Services

The United States Consulate in Ponta Delgada offers the full range of services to American citizens.

Business Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:30 pm, except Portuguese and American holidays.


In order to minimize customer waiting times and ensure staff availability, all routine services (including passport applications and notarizations) will be provided by appointment only.  To make or cancel an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Ponta Delgada, click here.  If all appointment dates are fully booked or you need to make a special appointment, please e-mail ConsPontaDelgada@state.gov or call (+351) 296-308-330 to schedule an appointment.

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Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was passed as part of the HIRE Act in 2010 (Public Law No. 111-147), generally requires that certain foreign financial institutions report information on their U.S. accounts and that certain non-financial foreign entities report information on substantial U.S. owners or be subject to withholding on withholdable payments.  For more information on FACTA, please see the website here.

Emergency Contact Information

The United States Consulate in Ponta Delgada is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:30 pm, except Portuguese and American holidays.  American citizens with emergencies may visit the Consulate anytime during business hours or contact us by phone at (+351) 296-308-330.  In case of an emergency outside of business hours, American citizens should call the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon (+351) 21-727-3300 and ask to be transferred to the officer on duty in the Azores.

Entrance and Registration Requirements for Portugal

Americans entering Portugal must have a valid passport. Visas are required for temporary stays greater than 90 days. Those wishing to extend their stay beyond 90 days may request permission from the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, or from the local Portuguese police station.

Portuguese Immigration Service
(Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras)
Ponta Delgada
Rua Marques Praia Monforte
Tel: 296-302-230

Portugal requires non-EU foreign nationals to register with immigration officials within three days of entering Portugal. The law affects those who transit a Schengen country (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and the Netherlands) by air en route to Portugal and who stay at noncommercial lodging. Because of the “open” borders shared by Schengen countries, passengers on flights into Portugal from member countries do not pass through immigration control upon arrival. The registration requirement is intended to close this immigration “loophole”.

Travelers staying at commercial lodging need not register, as the hotel will take this responsibility. However, those staying with friends, etc., must register with immigration authorities or face a fine ranging from the Euro equivalent of $35 to $150. This requirement also applies to third country nationals resident in Schengen countries. Legal permanent residents of Portugal and holders of valid temporary resident visas are exempted from the registration requirement.