The establishment of diplomatic relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Portugal dates back to 1982. In 2009, the two countries signed an agreement to open embassies in their respective capitals, Doha and Lisbon. By virtue of this agreement, Portugal opened its embassy in Doha in 2011 then the State of Qatar opened its own embassy in Lisbon in 2012.

Strong relations based on cooperation and mutual respect bind the two friendly countries in the service of development in both countries and in the interest of their peoples.

The two friendly countries are also committed to strengthen their ties in the various fields and to raise their relations to the highest level at both the bilateral and multilateral levels.

The recent years have witnessed a significant development in bilateral relations prompted by the mutual concern for the friendly relations and by the exchange of high-level visits between the two sides. Hence the visit His Highness the Father Emir Cheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani paid on     the Qatari part to the Republic of Portugal in 2009, followed by the visit of His Highness Cheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, the former president of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2010.

On the Portuguese part, His Excellency Mr. Jose Socrates, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal visited the State of Qatar in 2011, and then in 2017 His Excellency Mr. Antonio Costa, the current Prime Minister, conducted a State visit to the State of Qatar.   

The two countries have also exchanged visits at the ministerial level. 

The year 2019 has witnessed the inauguration by the Qatari national carrier, Qatar Airways, of daily flights between Doha and Lisbon, which has had a positive impact on the sectors of tourism and commerce, in addition to the increase in the participation of citizens of both countries in the various conferences and events hosted by both.