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.
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.