No restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS. No HIV testing on entry.
HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Portugal
There are no specific entry or residence regulations for people with HIV/AIDS. No HIV test result is required when entering the country. Residence permits for immigrants are issued by the consulates following the principle of reciprocity. There are no specific residence regulations.
The new Immigration law no 23/2007, Art 32, para D from July 4, 2007 stipulates that entry can be denied only in situations defined by the WHO, or in cases of infectious diseases or parasites that would require protective measures in Portugal itself.
(Source: 1, 2)
When applying for a work or residency permit (issued by the Portuguese consulates following the principle of reciprocity), a health certificate assuring that the applicant bears no infectious or contagious disease is required.
It is common understanding in Portugal that HIV/AIDS is not in this category and no HIV specific test result is required. However, the interpretation of the requirement may depend on health authorities and consulate staff at the country of origin.(Source: 3)
HIV treatment information for Portugal
In Portugal, everybody has access to the public health care system in case of an emergency, independently of nationality or legal status. Foreigners and EU citizens without proper health insurance documentation will need to pay for the care provided.
However, there is no common understanding for the definition of an emergency situation.
It might be rather difficult to convince most doctors or health staff that running out of antiretroviral treatment would be an emergency situation. The same applies for the need for post exposure prophylactic treatment.
When facing a clear emergency situation, call the national emergency number 112
. In more complex situations, it might be better to contact one of the NGOs mentioned below and ask for advice or assistance.
Main HIV treatment centres in Portugal:
- Hospital Dr. Manoel Constâncio
- Hospital Dr. Fernando Fonseca
Estrada IC 19 – Amadora
- Hospital de Santa Cruz
Rua Prof. Reynaldo dos Santos – Carnaxide
- Hospital Conde Castro Guimarães
Rua Padre José Maria Loureiro
- Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra
- Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra
Av. Bissaya Barreto - Praceta Mota Pinto
- Maternidade Alfredo da Costa
- Hospital Dr. Estefânia
Rua Jacinta Marto
- Hospital de S. José
Rua Bempostinha, 68
- Hospital Curry Cabral
Rua da Beneficência, 8
- Hospital Egas Moniz
Rua da Junqueira, 126
- Hospital S. Francisco Xavier
Estrada do Forte do Alto do Duque
- Hospital de Santa Maria
Rua Prof. Egas Moniz
- Hospital Pulido Valente
Alameda das Linhas de Torres, 117
- Hospital de S. João
Alameda Prof. Hernâni Monteiro
- Hospital Distrital de Torres Vedras
Rua Aurélio Ricardo Belo
2560 Torres Vedras
Vila Franca de Xira
- Hospital Dr. Reynaldo dos Santos
2600 Vila Franca de Xira
HIV information / HIV NGOs in Portugal
- ABRAÇO - Associação de Apoio a Pessoas com VIH/SIDA
Largo José Luís Champalimaud, 4A
Phone: 217 997 500
Fax: 217 997 599
- ADDEPOS - Assoc. dos Direitos e Deveres dos Positivos Portadores do vírus da SIDA
Quinta das Lapas
2560 Torres Vedras
Phone: 261 312 331
Fax: 261 312 332
- Associação Positivo - Grupos de Apoio e Auto Ajuda
Rua de S. Paulo, n.º 216 - 1º a
Phone: 213 422 976
Fax: 213 424 346
- GAT - Grupo Português de Activistas sobre Tratamentos de VIH/SIDA
Avenida Gomes Pereira, 98 - 4º andar
Phone: +351 309 712 825
Cellphone: +351 91 360 62 95
Fax: +351 309 731 409
- LPCS - Liga Portuguesa Contra a SIDA Rua do Crucifixo, n.º40 - 4º E
Phone: 213 225 575/6
Fax: 213 479 376
Updated information is available through the aidsmap search engine at www.aidsmap.com/en/orgs/ux/default.asp
Global Criminalisation of HIV Transmission Scan
The Global Criminalisation Scan is an initiative of GNP+. It aims to collect and keep up to date information on national and state level laws criminalising the transmission of or exposure to HIV. It also aims to provide an easily accessible ‘clearing-house’ of resources, research, and initiatives on the subject and to provide a platform for advocacy initiatives.
Find out more about the scan and the criminalisation of HIV transmission legislation at http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net/
- Embassy of Portugal, Berlin, January 28, 2008
- German Embassy, Lisbon, March 4, 2008, with the support provided by the Coordenação Nacional para a Infecção VIH/sida
- GAT, Pedro Silvério Marques, August 20, 2007, by e-mail
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