ACSS is responsible for managing and coordinating the participation of Portugal in the framework of international agreements related to the provision of healthcare services and for following-up financial flows within that remit.
ACSS provides the following information to citizens of other European Union member states and third countries with which Portugal has bilateral agreements related to access to healthcare in Portugal.
Access to the NHS by foreign citizens
Citizens of Member States of the European Union
The Community Regulations for the Coordination of Social Security Systems n.º 883/2004 and n.º 987/2009 establish a situation of equality with nationals, when moving within the European Union (EU), regarding social security rights and illness.
Provision of scheduled healthcare treatments to European citizens
Residence of a European citizen in Portugal
Citizens of Third Countries – under Bilateral Agreements
There are bilateral agreements between Portugal and third countries, subject to reciprocity, that allow equal treatment of nationals in a situation of stay or residence in Portugal, covering social security and illness.
The countries with bilateral agreements, which include the protection in sickness, are as follows: Andorra, Brazil, Cape Verde, Quebec, Morocco and Tunisia. These bilateral agreements cover workers, pensioners and their families.