Medical Care in the Algarve

There are numerous health clinics all over the Algarve area and some are equipped with emergency service facilities, but most of them deal with less serious situations. Some of the private clinics have emergency services too but in an emergency most tourists will visit the 24-hour hospitals in Faro, Portimão and Lagos.

Medical insurance is strongly advised, even though EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using form E111 (available from Health Offices in your country).

There are many English-speaking doctors and dentists. Your Hotel will always be able to recommend one.

The local chemists (farmácia), recognisable by a green cross sign, will have just about anything you may require and there is always one open after hours in each area. The location of the 'duty' chemist is displayed on every chemist’s window.