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Fertility Clinics in Portugal
Background Portugal has been firmly on the holiday destination map for decades. There are a number of high quality clinics in the major cities, though traditionally this has not been the most popular destination for those seeking fertility treatment abroad. One of the many perks is the weather in Portugal with frequent all-year sunshine.
Travel facts Capital city Lisbon
Language Portuguese
Time zone GMT +0
Currency Euro
Flight duration 2-3 hours from London
Passports & visas British citizens need a valid passport but no visa to travel to Portugal.
Health & Safety You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. It’s also a good idea to get a European Health Insurance Card – or EHIC – before leaving the UK. Though it’s not a substitute for travel insurance, it entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Portuguese nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
Portuguese cities Lisbon – Porto – Braga – Amadora
Best time to go Portugal temperatures hit the mid-twenties in spring and autumn and can soar into the thirties in the summer months. The Algarve is a popular holiday destination so book flights early or avoid school holidays.
Egg donation Egg donation is legal in Portugal. Egg donors are carefully selected and screened for infection and genetic disease and in general are under the age of 35 years old. Egg donors receive financial compensation to cover the costs of their treatment and travel costs whilst donating eggs. Under Portuguese law egg donors can donate eggs to create up to four families.
Embryo donation Embryos donated have to be quarantined for three years before they can be used. Laws are changing currently and whilst currently anonymous embryo donation has been standard practice this is changing and legally children born from the process will be able to access donor details.
IVF laws IVF/ICSI IVF treatments are permitted in Portugal and single women and same-sex couples can be treated.
Age limit Treatments not offered above the age of 50.
No. embryos Two embryos advised in most clinics
Sex selection Not permitted unless for medical reasons
Egg/sperm donors Anonymity laws in Portugal changed in 2018 and now donors must be non-anonymous from 2021.
Surrogacy Surrogacy laws in Portugal are controversial and have changed dramatically. It is permitted for medical reasons only.
Egg Freezing Egg freezing is permitted in Portugal for both medical and social reasons.
Safety & quality There are a number of well-established fertility clinics in Portugal, all of which are inspected and regulated. High levels of healthcare exist in Portugal and fertility treatments have a good track record.
Success rates Success rates are often published by clinics but there is no central regulator publicly controlling this information.


Portugal Cities with IVF Clinics

Lisbon – Porto – Lagos

IVF Clinics Abroad

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