Country: Portugal is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. To the west and south is the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east is Spain. The capital is Lisbon and the main language spoken is Portuguese.

To access emergency services: Dial 112  

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers:  Before traveling to Portugal, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expend­itures.

It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu­ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in a Portuguese hospital: The quality of health care facilities in Portugal is generally good, but variable. Public and private facilities work together to complement each other. There are many English-speaking and foreign doctors in resort areas and major cities. Hospital facilities are limited in some rural areas.

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance. 

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Portugal: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.

Portugal-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.

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