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Health in Lisbon

Tap Water

Tap water is generally safe to drink in Lisbon.

Medical Services

British Hospital English-speaking staff and English-speaking doctors.

Clínica Médica Internacional A quick (though not cheap) private clinic with English-speaking doctors.

Farmácia Estácio A central pharmacy.

Before You Go

Health Insurance

Citizens of the EU are eligible for free emergency medical treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which replaces the no-longer-valid E111 certificate. In the UK, you can apply for this card online (www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/healthcareabroad) or pick up an application at a post office. It will not cover you for nonemergencies or emergency repatriation.

In most cases, public clinics and hospitals are not supposed to treat non-EU residents for free (though citizens of other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Portugal). In those cases, expect to pay about €80 to €100 for a medical consultation in a public hospital or private clinic.

If you do need health insurance, consider a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.

Required Vaccinations

The WHO recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination. Since most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, visit a physician at least six weeks before departure.