Portugal - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction category relative to Portugal

  • Countries without restrictions

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
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 Immigration law 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, a health certificate assuring that the applicant bears no infectious or contagious disease under WHO's International Health Regulations is required.

It is common understanding in Portugal that HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, HPV or HSV are not in this category and no HIV specific test result is required. However, the interpretation of the requirement may depend on health authorities at the country of origin.

(Source: 3)


HIV treatment information for Portugal

In Portugal, everybody has access to the public healthcare system independently of nationality or legal status. Urgent or chronic health care cannot be denied to anybody but foreigners, including EU, EEA and Schengen residents without proper health insurance documentation will need to pay for the care provided. Access to care in the public service is universal and foreigners may access non urgent care but will be charged more; some programmed care, however, may not be available to non-residents.

To access health care for free or at a lower cost, contact one of the NGOs mentioned below and ask for advice or assistance.

(Source: 3)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Portugal

  • ABRAÇO - Associação de Apoio a Pessoas com VIH/SIDA
    Largo José Luís Champalimaud, 4A
    1600-110 Lisboa
    T +351 217 997 500
    [email protected]

  • Associação Positivo - Grupos de Apoio e Auto Ajuda
    Rua de S. Paulo, 216 - 1º A
    1200-429 Lisboa
    Phone 213 422 976
    [email protected]

  • GAT - Grupo Português de Activistas sobre Tratamentos de VIH/SIDA
    Av. Paris, 4, 1º Esq.
    1000-228 Lisbon
    Mobile phone, WhatsApp: +351 919 613 092 (Mon-Fri, 2-8 pm)
    E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected]
    Web: www.gatportugal.org

  • LPCS - Liga Portuguesa Contra a SIDA
    Rua do Crucifixo, 40 - 4º E
    1100-183 Lisboa
    T +351 213 225 575/6
    E-mail [email protected]

  • Associação Existências
    Avenida Emídio Navarro, n.º 81 – 2.º A
    3000-151 Coimbra
    T: +351 239 837 033
    Mobile phone: +351 965 592 651
    [email protected]

(Source: 3)


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/.



  1. Embassy of Portugal, Berlin, January 28, 2008
  2. German Embassy, Lisbon, March 4, 2008, with the support provided by the Coordenação Nacional para a Infecção VIH/sida
  3. GAT, Laetitia, June 4, 2021, by e-mail


updated: 6/4/2021
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