Serenity Portugal: A Concierge Service for the Portuguese Healthcare System

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Making sure your healthcare needs are met is an important consideration when you’re thinking about moving to Portugal. For most people this means:  Obtaining an SNS number so they can use the public healthcare system Obtaining private health insurance to cut down the costs of using private hospitals (optional) There’s now a third complementary option … Read more

Understanding Health Insurance in Portugal

Although Portugal has a good public healthcare system, many people, both Portuguese and expats, choose to take out private health insurance as well. It may also be a requirement for your residency visa, for example if you’re moving to Portugal on the D7 visa. Health insurance isn’t expensive in Portugal. According to, the cost … Read more

How To Register for Portuguese Healthcare & Get a Número de Utente

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You’ve probably heard of the NIF, the tax number without which it’s impossible to do very much in Portugal. Well, another important number that you will need is the número de utente or SNS number.  The SNS number allows you to access the Portuguese public healthcare system. That doesn’t just mean emergency care at A&E … Read more

Where To Buy Emergency Contraception in Portugal

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Accidents happen, and often those accidents happen will you’re abroad. Don’t worry, though: getting emergency contraception in Portugal is very straightforward. Emergency Contraception (the morning after pill) Emergency contraception (often called “the morning after pill”) is available at Pharmacies Family planning centres (free) Emergency rooms For most people, particularly those visiting Portugal, going to the … Read more

A Guide to Sexual Health Services in Portugal

It’s important to keep an eye on your sexual wellbeing, and that involves regular screening and checkups.  In many countries, getting an STD test normally involves going to a special sexual health clinic (sometimes called a gum clinic). In Portugal, things are slightly different. Here in Portugal, STD testing is normally (but not always) done … Read more