Agosto 2021 - Global International Relocation

Foreigners in Portugal and vaccines

With the coronavirus pandemic, the whole world stopped and a race for vaccines began. After testing and approval of some vaccines, the mass application began.

With the vaccines being applied in Portugal, several questions arise about who has access to it.

The most frequent question in our Relocation department is: after all, can foreigners, who are in Portugal, be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Before giving more details, we want to clarify that, yes, foreigners who are in Portuguese territory, whether they are residents or not, can have access to the vaccine!

For foreign citizens, there are 2 cases that we will explain below: those with an SNS number and those who do not have the SNS number.


The SNS number is assigned to each person to identify him/her when accessing the services of the public health care units of the National Health Service (Sistema Nacional de Saúde – SNS).


Foreigners who have the SNS number

This is the simplest and fastest case for vaccination. Foreigners who are in Portugal and who already have the SNS number can register through the COVID-19 portal, indicating the most convenient place and date for vaccination. Afterward, you will be contacted by SMS on the number 2424 with further information. Simple like that!


Foreigners who do not have the SNS number

It turns out that many foreigners do not have the SNS number and have not requested it, for various reasons, either for lack of regularization or because they have always had access to private health through health insurance in Portugal, and therefore, they never needed the public health system.

For these cases, to be part of the vaccination list and to be vaccinated against COVID-19, these foreigners can submit their application through an online platform created by the general directorate of health (Diretório Geral de Saúde – DGS), which is available in Portuguese and English.

After sending and verifying the data, the health authorities assign a temporary SNS number, which can be used to schedule the vaccine through the COVID-19 portal.

More than 150 thousand people registered on this DGS page for these cases, more than 23 thousand have already received a user number and have already started the vaccination process.



In general, by the way, the numbers are impressive for a country as small as Portugal: currently, there are more than 290 thousand foreign citizens vaccinated against Covid-19, among which there are 198 different nationalities.


Only through our Relocation team, we helped clients of more than 100 nationalities in this vaccination process. A hard work of which we are immensely proud.


If you have any questions or also need help in this process (as we know that the path is not always so clear), don’t worry, our team will be happy to help you, after all, it’s been over 13 years supporting the mobility of corporate expatriates, diplomats, military, private clients and their families. Contact us!




What to do before an international moving

An international move is a decision that impacts many areas of our life. Surely even before this decision, there was a lot of research, conversations and even headaches, right?

Thinking about this challenging period for you, we created the checklist below with the dates, to support you in your preparation for the move, and make everything happen in the best way. So, you won’t have any more worries and each step will happen smoothly and without unexpected events.

Let’s go for it:



  • international movingMake sure your passport, citizen card, ID and visa are valid.
  • Check if permits are required in your new country of residence (e.g. residence permit, permit for pets, arms license, etc.).
  • Check which vaccinations are required at your new destination.
  • Make sure you have all documentation for the trip, including tickets.
  • Keep all your official documents in one place (e.g. birth or marriage certificates, ID, citizen card, passport, vaccination card, driving license, etc.).
  • Check if your driving license is valid in the destination country.
  • Ask your car insurance company for your personal insurance history.
  • Cancel all subscriptions to newspapers, magazines or gyms.
  • Notify your child/children’s school.
  • Clean your attic, pantry and garden.
  • Get your coats, clothes, curtains, sofas, blankets, etc. dry cleaned.
  • Check all your items and appliances that need to be repaired and have them fixed: watches, appliances, clothing, shoes, etc.
  • Schedule all necessary medical appointments and ask for a year worth of prescriptions.
  • Sell your car.



  •  Make a survey of the value of goods you want to insure and our Insurance team will make that proposal with you.
  • Sell or give to charity all the items you are leaving behind. Our Global Foundation can take care of that for you.
  • Give your friends and family your contacts, including your new address.
  • Cancel all utility bills.
  • Check your leasing, credits or other legal contract agreements.
  • Try to finish off the food and drinks left in your home. Buy only the essentials for the remaining days before your move.
  • Confirm with your Global Moving coordinator the exact moving date.
  • Advise of change of address at your bank, tax office, doctor and other relevant entities.
  • Request all your diplomas, certificates and other important documents: school, doctors, veterinarians, etc.


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  • Clean your garden tools, bicycles, etc.
  • Take all your possessions from work.
  • If you have lent any books, CDs or other goods ask for them back.
  • Empty the fuel tank of motorcycles or cars that will be transported to your new destination.
  • Offer or sell plants and perishable goods that you won’t need (remember that our Global Foundation can also help you with this).



  • Close bank accounts or let your bank know of your move.
  • Make sure your bank can transfer your funds to your new bank.
  • Buy traveler’s cheques.
  • Buy necessary medication for your journey including travel sickness pills.
  • Organize your transportation to the airport.
  • Defrost and clean refrigerator and freezer.
  • Hire a team to clean the house after packing is done.
  • Send to your Global Moving coordinator all completed and signed dispatch-related documents.



  • Put aside personal items that must travel with you, e.g. keys, documents, passport, tickets, money, clothes, medication, maps, games, books, etc.
  • Confirm ticket bookings.
  • Disconnect, clean and dry electrical appliances you want to take to your new destination.
  • Organise furniture and follow the schedule set by your Global Moving coordinator.
  • Ask your neighbours or building administration for an extra parking space for the day of the move, if necessary.

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  • Just relax! The Global Moving team will do the work for you…
  • Stay in touch, in case we have any questions.
  • Go through each room of the house to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
  • Have a good trip!



And that’s it, we’ll take care of all the transportation of your goods until we deliver them to you and assemble everything at your new address in another country.

Now it’s time to meet your neighbors, the community and explore this international adventure.

If you have any questions about your move or international move, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

We hope you will be very happy in your new home.

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Tips for travel with a Guide Dog

In addition to being known as the best friends of humans, some dogs have the role of guiding their owners who have visual impairments. And this subject always raises doubts when it comes to traveling with them.

To honor these tireless partners, we have set out the following tips for travel with a guide dog:


1 – Communicate in advance

Airlines must be notified in advance, some require 72 hours, others require 48 hours, so our tip is to inform when purchasing the flight ticket.

Some airlines give themselves the right to set the passenger seat to accommodate the guide dog. It usually travels next to the owner’s seat, on the floor of the plane, so it is important to always have a collar, leash and identification that it is a guide dog.


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2 – Muzzle

Muzzles are required by some airlines throughout the flight, others do not allow the use of the same, in addition, some flights have connections in other countries, and airports also have their rules for the movement of the guide dog.

 Therefore, to avoid any unforeseen circumstances, we always advise to carry a muzzle, because if necessary, it will be already in your hands.



3 – Documentation

To transport any pet, it is always necessary to have the animal’s documentation. With the guide dog, it is no different. 

The basic documents to be presented at check-in and to have on hand during the flight are:

  • Proof of rabies vaccination signed by a veterinarian and that must have been applied more than 30 days before the date of travel and less than 1 year.
  • Health certificate, issued by the veterinarian, valid for 10 days from the date of issue.
  • For international flights, an International Animal Health Certificate is also required.

Some companies also determine that when identifying the dog, there is also other information, such as the name of the dog and who he guides, photo of both, name and identification of the training center or trainer.


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4 – Pee and poop

Another important tip is to limit the amount of water and food that the guide dog will ingest a few hours before the trip so that it doesn’t pee or poop right after getting on the plane. If the journey is long, take an absorbent mat. Some companies provide this mat.



More and more airlines are paying attention to the social inclusion of people and to creating easier rules for travel of these animals, so it is important to mention that the guide dog is used by the visually impaired to carry out daily activities more easily. Therefore, the guide dog is not considered just a pet.


As empresas aéreas estão a criar normas mais fáceis para a viagem dos cães guia


Some countries and airlines may have slight differences, so check the rules before traveling and buying tickets and remember, you can always contact us, our Global Pets team can help you with this and other information for the transport of animals.


Have a good trip!