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National Administration in Portugal

Many government and municipal public administration organisations have information relevant to foreigners in English aimed at EU immigrants and residents from EU and other countries. The most important of these are listed below.

  • The Portal do Cidadão is an online citizens advice portal with information on housing, taxes, education, health, family issues and more (in Portuguese).
  • Information line (in Portuguese) - Tel: 808 241 107

Each local municipal council (Câmara Municipal) provides information on local services, emergency numbers, sports and recreation facilities, public transport and tourism, some of which is in English, while the local offices of the IRN - Institute of Registries and Notaries (Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado - IRN), formerly the DGRN Direcção-Geral dos Registos e do Notariado) - providea single place for citizens to take care of many administrative matters, including vehicle registration, registering births, marriages and deaths and registering new companies.

Social Security

The Portuguese Social Security system (Segurança Social) website is mainly available in Portuguese. However, relevant information on several aspects of the system can be found in English, particularly those related to Social Security affiliation, contributions, benefits, the elderly, the infirm, and disabled.


There are several websites covering taxation and finances (Finanças) but they are principally in Portuguese. However, tax offices usually have some members of staff who speak Spanish, French or English.

Immigration Office

The website of the Portuguese Immigration Office (Serviço de Estangeiros e Fronteiras - SEF) has information in English on work permits, getting Residency Cards and other issues concerning foreigners in Portugal.

Health Service

The various portals related to the Portuguese National Health Service (Serviço Nacional de Saúde) are in Portuguese only.