Biometric technologies are becoming integrated into most systems that we encounter in our everyday lives, streamlining the user experience on all occasions when a customer wants to access a service or to travel.

Pre-held or advanced biometric and biographic data about a person makes it easier and quicker to confirm someone’s identity. This is commonly the case in a travel scenario when passengers are required to upload their personal information during the checking-in process on the day or days prior to their departure.

Portugal is looking to extend the automatic process of renewing residence permits for foreigners, which will be applicable to citizens whose biometric data has been collected and stored in the system.

The Portuguese Interior Minister outlined the plans during the committee discussion of the proposed state budget for 2023. The changes would be implemented in 2023.

“We have taken the decision to automatically renew residence permits until 31 December 2023”.