Emergency Medical Card available to residents and tourists in Portugal

in News · 21-08-2020 01:00:00 · 5 Comments

In 2018 Safe Communities Portugal participated in a Civil Protection exercise in Castelo Branco, meeting many emergency personnel, including INEM first responders.

In discussing the challenges they faced in dealing with foreigners who were victims of serious accidents, such as road accidents, they mentioned the lack of immediate information concerning the person’s, allergies, medication and known illness.

The idea of an emergency medical card was borne.

Safe Communities then met with the GNR, PSP and INEM and a card was designed to provide this vital information.

The Emergency Card does not replace any official identification documents, but is intended to serve as an additional source of information useful to the emergency services at an accident scene. It also contains the citizens' countries of origin, whom it may be necessary to establish direct contact, with the help of embassies.

Remember you maybe unconscious or unable to communicate clearly; so every second counts.

The card is: Free of charge; recognized by INEM and security forces; is in English and Portuguese; easy to download from official websites; no waiting time; easy to update and there are no data privacy issues.

It can be obtained in a few minutes - simply download, fill in, print, cut out and carry at all times.

The document with instructions containing the card can be downloaded from the home page of Safe Communities Portugal www.safecommunitiesportugal.com as well as GNR, PSP, INEM and through GOV.UK Travel Advise Portugal - Healthcare.

David Thomas

President, Safe Communities Portugal


This emergency card is very useful, thank you to Safe Communities for creating it! I printed these cards for myself and my husband earlier in the year. The card fits into a wallet, so it's usually with us when out and about.

By Annie from Algarve on 24-08-2020 10:45

The emergency card would have been better if it had space for blood type so that if needed the emergency services will know.

By Farooq from Algarve on 22-08-2020 11:24

Thank you Mr. David Wilson and your team for the valuable information ID It will help a lot specially for foreigners in an emergency.
Request you for more information about foreigners to work and live in Portugal.
Thank you

By John from Lisbon on 22-08-2020 08:20

I think this is good idea thank you

By Jose Mendes from UK on 21-08-2020 07:58

This is very valuable information. Muito obrigado.

By David Wilson from Algarve on 21-08-2020 10:39
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