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  Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No 1
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio No N/A
Malaria No N/A
 
1. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving in (or going to as a destination) the Azores or Madeira, if coming from infected areas. No certificate is required from passengers transiting through Funchal, Porto Santo and Santa Maria.

Health care

Full state-provided health facilities are available, but private practices are allowed to co-exist. There are approximately 34,389 doctors and 40,700 hospital beds. There are reciprocal health agreements with most European countries. The agreement with the UK allows free in-patient treatment in general wards of official hospitals to those presenting UK passports (other EU nationals must present form E111). Secondary examinations, X-rays and laboratory tests may have to be paid for. A nominal charge will be made for medical treatment at health centres (Centro de Saúde). There may be a charge for prescribed medicines. Dental treatment must be paid for in all cases. This agreement is also effective in Madeira and the Azores (although in Madeira a fee must be paid for a GP consultation, which can then be refunded by an appointed bank). Those wishing to take advantage of it should inform the doctor prior to treatment that they wish to be treated under EU social security arrangements. Private treatment must be paid for in full and Medical fees paid whilst in Portugal cannot be reimbursed by the British NHS.
Useful travel links
CDC official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
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WHO the official site of the World Health Organization