Portugal launches travel insurance scheme for international tourists

Portugal has launched a travel insurance scheme for international tourists. The Portugal Health Passport platform is available to all tourists visiting Portugal, ensuring the possibility of testing for Covid-19 and access to care in private health services.

Portugal has reopened its doors for tourism from many countries. But the rules are in a state of flux as to who is allowed in and what rules apply. For some countries, a negative PCR test is required.

The Portugal Health Passport platform has been promoted by RNA Seguros de Assistência in conjunction with Turismo de Portugal. Medical, surgical, hospital and pharmaceutical expenses are included in the travel insurance. The objective is to guarantee, to all who visit Portugal, that they can travel around the country safely and with confidence.

The country is seeking to revive the tourism and medical tourism sector. Medical tourism may be worth an annual turnover of €100 million, claims Health Cluster Portugal; but this is more a guesstimate than an actual figure.

The Portugal Health Passport offers testing for coronavirus, as well as access at fixed prices for health care and check-ups of five types in the network of hospitals and clinics at CUF, Hospital da Luz, HPA Saúde and Lusíadas. The cover is not free.

This initiative is a reinforcement of a tourist offer that already complies with the country’s strict hygiene and sanitary control protocols, Clean & Safe.