HEALTHCARE

All residents in Portugal have the right to public healthcare provided by the Portuguese National Health Service (Serviço Nacional de Saúde - SNS).

 

However, the way you access SNS may differ depending on your situation. 

I am a UK national living in Portugal. Am I entitled to access healthcare in Portugal? How can I register with the Portuguese National Health Service (Serviço Nacional de Saúde - SNS)?


Yes.

If you are a UK national living in Portugal, you may access healthcare in Portugal provided by the Portuguese National Health Service (Serviço Nacional de Saúde - SNS).

In order to enjoy standard access to healthcare in Portugal, you first need to be registered as a resident. Once you are registered as a resident in Portugal, you are entitled to standard access to public healthcare.

After registering as a resident in Portugal, you need to register at your local Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) and request your user health ID number (número de utente).

You should always carry your health ID number (número de utente) with you.

This number will remain the same over the years. If you change your place of residency, you should communicate this to your Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) so you can be registered with the correct centre that covers your residency area.

If you are entitled to a UK State Pension or you receive other exportable benefits from the UK Government, you are likely to be entitled to an S1 Form. This means that the UK is responsible for your healthcare. You have the same healthcare rights in Portugal as a Portuguese citizen.

Additionally, UK nationals (as well as any other migrants) who are not holders of residence documents or who are in irregular situation may be entitled to standard access to healthcare. In order to do so, you need to present a certificate issued by the Parish Council stating that the you are living in Portugal for over ninety (90) days.

Find more information on Healthcare in the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS) website > here

And on the British Embassy in Portugal’s Guidance: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Portugal > here.

Overseas Healthcare Services > here

List of English-speaking medical facilities for UK nationals in Portugal – FCDO Living in Portugal > here.​

Or contact the dedicated healthcare team from the British Embassy in Lisbon at: healthcare.portugal@fcdo.gov.uk




How can I register with the Portuguese National Health Service (Serviço Nacional de Saúde - SNS)?


Please note that before registering with the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS) you must be registered as a resident. 

After this, in order to register for healthcare in Portugal and receive a health ID number (número de utente), you must schedule an appointment at your local Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) and present the following documents:

  • Residence document;

  • Valid passport; 

  • Tax identification number (Número de Identificação Fiscal - NIF) from your local tax office (Finanças/Autoridade Tributária).

ATTENTION: If you are employed, you will also need to present your Social Security Number (Número de Identificação da Segurança Social - NISS) when registering at your local Health Centre. The NISS can be obtained through your employer. If you are self-employed, this can be done upon request from your local Social Security office.

Alternatively, UK Nationals living in Portugal who are entitled to a pension/ other exportable benefits from the UK can access the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS) by registering a UK-issued S1 form. You are entitled to an S1 if you receive a UK State Pension or some other benefits.

If you are an S1, you need to:

1. Ask the Overseas Healthcare Team for an S1 form;

2. Register your S1 form at a Portuguese Social Security office;

3. Take a copy of your registered S1 form to your local Health Centre (Centro de Saúde).

*Posted Workers and Frontier Workers are also entitled to a S1 form but with a different guidance

In both cases, you will receive a health ID number (número de utente), which you should always carry with you, since it will be your identification code in the SNS registry.

This number will remain the same over the years. If you change your place of residency, you should communicate this to your Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) so you can be registered with the correct centre that covers your residency area.

Find more information on Healthcare in the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS) website > here.

And on the British Embassy in Portugal’s Guidance: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Portugal > here.

Overseas Healthcare Services > here.

List of English-speaking medical facilities for UK nationals in Portugal – FCDO Living in Portugal > here.

Or contact the dedicated healthcare team from the British Embassy in Lisbon at: healthcare.portugal@fcdo.gov.uk




Is the Portuguese National Health Service (Serviço Nacional de Saúde – SNS) free of charges for the users?


The Portuguese National Health Service is not completely free. Healthcare costs are covered by the State, and patients pay standard user fees (taxas moderadoras). The standard access to public healthcare exempts you to pay healthcare real costs and gives you access to medical co-participation.





 

COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

  • ​ If you already have a Health Number (número de utente) and you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can register for vaccination by filling out the form available here.

 

*Please note that this does not apply to citizens who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; citizens who       have been infected with COVID-19 or citizens who have already been scheduled a vaccination appointment.

 

  • If you do not have a Health Number (número de utente), you can apply to be vaccinated against COVID-19 using a form provided by the National Health Service, available here. You will be contacted later by Local Health Units depending on the priority group to which you belong. For more information, visit the campaign of the High Commission for Migration (ACM) for COVID-19 vaccination here or if you need support with this registration and/or self-scheduling, contact ACM through the following email: covid19@acm.gov.pt

 

Find more information on healthcare in Portugal at:

 

*Portuguese National Health Service (SNS) website > here

*The British Embassy in Portugal’s Guidance: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Portugal > here

*List of English-speaking medical facilities for UK nationals in Portugal – FCDO Living in Portugal > here

*Healthcare in Portugal post-Brexit with the British Embassy  > here

*Overseas Healthcare Services > here

Dedicated healthcare team from the British Embassy in Lisbon: healthcare.portugal@fcdo.gov.uk