Request the SNS’s user number

Find out what you need to do to request the SNS (National Health Service) user number. Foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal can request a user number.

People with a Citizen Card do not need to request a user number, as this number that identifies them in order to receive health care is indicated on the Citizen Card.

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Se tem um processo pendente no Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) a 18 de março, são considerados válidos os seguintes documentos para aceder aos cuidados de saúde e obter um número de utente do SNS, no âmbito do Despacho n.º 3863-B/2020, aplicável como medida excecional e temporária:

  • Documento de manifestação de interesse ou pedido emitido pelas plataformas de registo em uso no SEF;
  • Documento comprovativo de agendamento no SEF ou de recibo comprovativo de pedido efetuado no âmbito da autorização de residência.

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  • Portuguese citizens obtain the user number when they request a Citizen Card
  • Free of charge
  • If you are a foreign citizen living in Portugal, you must submit: residence permit and Tax Identification Number (tax card)

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Who can Request the SNS’s user number?

  • Any foreign citizen with legal residence in Portugal may request a user number in order to access the services of the public health care units of the National Health Service.

    Portuguese citizens obtain the user number when they request a Citizen Card. The number is visible on the Citizen Card itself.

    Those who hold a Citizen Card do not need to request a user number.

    Citizens who hold a Citizen Card do not need to request an SNS’s user number as the number that identifies them to receive health care is indicated on the Citizen Card.

When can you Request the SNS’s user number?

A foreign citizen may request the SNS’s user number when he/she has a legal residence.

What are the documents and requirements to Request the SNS’s user number?

  • If you are a foreign citizen living in Portugal, you must submit the following documents:

    • residence permit
    • Tax Identification Number (tax card).

What is the Price to Request the SNS’s user number?

It is free of charge.

How can you Request the SNS’s user number?

Go to a health centre with the following elements:

  • a valid residence permit issued by the Immigration and Borders Service
  • Tax Identification Number (tax card)

If you hold a Citizen Card, you don't need to request the SNS’s user number. All you need to do is present your Citizen Card to access health care in the National Health Service units.

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