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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 ( or pick up an application at a post office. It will not cover you for non-emergencies or emergency repatriation.
  • Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement between their country and Portugal for free medical care. 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.

Recommended Vaccinations

The World Health Organization 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.

In Porto

Tap Water

Tap water is generally safe to drink in Porto, though it tastes quite chlorinated so bottled stuff might be preferable.

Medical Services

Santo António Hospital Has English-speaking staff.