How does Portugal act to avoid spread of Covid-19?

At this stage of the COVID19 pandemic DGS has a dedicated page with all the relevant info.

This can be downloaded here 

There you can find, for instance:

  • The standards in force,
  • Weekly reports
  • Common questions
  • Symptom record
  • Information about vaccination, tests and certificates.





National Plan – Preparation and Response to Disease – New coronavirus (COVID-19)

Purpose and Objectives

Preparing the response and minimizing the impact of a COVID-19 epidemic in Portugal



Main objectives

  • Minimize serious illness and deaths from COVID-19 in Portugal;
  • Minimize social and economic impacts adjacent to this health threat to the Public;

Secondary objectives

  • Reduce the spread of infection by promoting health measures public, individual or community;
  • Minimise the risk of nosocomial transmission of COVID-19;
  • Provide treatment and support to large numbers of people, while maintaining essential health care;
  • Support the continuity of health care and other essential services;
  • Maintain the confidence and security of the population, through the implementation of measures based on the best evidence

DGS Services

All DGS services concerning Covid-19 can be downloaded from the DGS website here. This includes:

  • DGS daily situation/status reports
  • Guidelines
  • Vaccination information and self scheduling
  • News
  • List of Covid-19 test centres
  • Citizen and healthcare areas
  • Common questions



For the purposes of Covid-19 and healthcare Portugal remains at the the Mitigation phase. Phase

Over a year ago from 25th March 2020, hospitals and health centres adopted new rules to respond to this phase of mitigation.

Here are some of the changes that came as a result 

What changes, in practice, with the transition from the containment phase to the mitigation phase?

In the health infrastructure, the big change is that all public hospitals and health centres will be involved, as well as the private and social sector.

Is wearing of masks mandatory?

Yes. Outdoors when social distancing between people is not possible (crowded areas) and inside all buildings where public have access – 10 years old and over.

Should all suspected infections be tested?

People with a suspected infection, that is, who have symptoms such as fever, persistent cough or aggravated chronic cough, and difficulty breathing, should be tested.

Those with the presence of these symptoms, people should call the free telephone line SNS 24 (808 24 24 24), which will refer cases.

Try calling the SNS 24 line 808 24 24 24 OPTION 9 for English (the first option you hear) (It was previously OPTION 5)

This is usually very busy. As an alternative if you have a symptom and don’t know what to do the following may help?

“Evaluate Symptoms” is a feature on the SNS 24 website that allows citizens to assess their symptoms and obtain information and advice appropriate to their non-emergency health problem.

It is important to know that “Assess Symptoms”:

  • It is not a clinical diagnostic tool.
  • It is not a medical consultation.
  • It is not a substitute for professional health care.

You will need to agree Terms of Use
PRESS GREEN BUTTON and on next page Select Cov-19
You then enter your personal details followed by symptoms and it provides you with recommendations to take.