How to get a COVID digital certificate in Portugal

Tested negative? Recuperated? Vaccinated? You can have a certificate! (It has some perks)

The COVID digital certificate is going into effect across the European Union, meant to facilitate travel and otherwise ease life for people who have tested negative, have recuperated from COVID and have proof of it, or have been vaccinated — including only with one dose for the two-dose vaccines, although that’s not enough for most travel, including to leave the Lisbon Metropolitan Area when it’s in lockdown as it has been during the past two weekends.

If you qualify for one of the above-mentioned reasons, and if you have a numereo de utente from Portugal’s national health services (Serviço Nacional de Saúde), you can sign up for the digital certificate here:

Related: Vaccine Signups in Portugal Opened to Those 33 and Older

Related: Illegal Immigrants in Portugal, Those Without SNS Number Can Apply for COVID Vaccine.


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4 Responses

  1. So how does a fully vaccinated and booster non EU citizen with a United States CDC vaccination document get into the various restaurants, etc. It is not only a pain in the a.. to take a Covid test every time, but it is costly. I do business in Portugal and have a NIF number, but I am not in the Portugal health system. I already get your email newsletter.

    1. Hi, Richard, great question! Have you tried showing the U.S. certificate in paper form? We ask because that seems to work in other EU countries, based on experience of friends, but we’re unaware if it’s the case in Portugal. We’ll update the information as we learn more, but in the meantime you can see what’s happening EU-wide (short answer: it’s unclear what U.S. citizens should do in Portugal, for now) at

  2. Thank you for continuing to share the link to the DGS website for foreigners without números de utente. I appreciate your columns about Covid be they about vaccination or restrictions on movement. Your magazine is a useful resource. Thank you!

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