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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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.
If you are a foreign citizen living in Portugal, you must submit the following documents:
Go to a health centre with the following elements:
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.
Citizenship and documents
Foreigners in Portugal
European citizens in Portugal
Migrants in Portugal
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6.2.2 - 09/02/2023