Lisbon: Millennials find their new home

The UK newspaper The Independent” explains why so many young professionals are calling Lisbon their new home, as the possibility to work remotely becomes more and more a reality.

Warm, vibrant, “the new capital of cool”, as we have previously described Lisbon,  keeps on attracting more and more foreigners, both tourists and new residents.

The expats mentioned on the article by the Independent seem to agree on the quality of life that the Portuguese capital has to offer. The warm weather, architecture, gastronomy and the proximity to beautiful beaches are the most common reasons attracting foreigners, in addition to a cost of living below the average among western Europe capitals, specially London.

This is a recipe for success and the proof is the increasing number of visitors in the city: over 6 million in the first semester. The number of foreign residents has also been growing (even Madonna has moved to Lisbon!), as one of the interviewees confirms ““The expat scene is a lot bigger than a few years ago”.”

Recently, the Financial Times also sought to understand why all the roads lead to Lisbon, which, according to the article, happened quite naturally. Lisbon is now an important spot for business makers and entrepreneurs. Read the full article

If, like many, you are considering moving to Lisbon, do not forget about your health! Medical Port specializes in guiding foreigners to access the healthcare they need in Portugal. Contact us!

Surrogacy in Portugal – Part 2

Surrogacy is regulated in Portugal since August. While the country puts no restriction based on nationality, the process has multiple requirements and must always happen on a voluntary basis.

For an introductory part and requirements for surrogacy, check Part 1 of this article.

The process

The process of surrogacy requires a previous authorization by the Portuguese National Council for Assisted Reproductive Technology (Conselho Nacional da Procriação Medicamente Assistida – CNPMA).

The couple requesting surrogacy must deliver their application to the CNPMA in order to be “pre-approved”. The application includes a set of documents, like the contract to be signed between the couple and the surrogate, a declaration by a psychiatrist or psychologist approving the request, a medical declaration from the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) center confirming that the woman’s impossibility to get pregnant and explaining the reproductive technique to be used, among other documents. Extra information and documents may be asked by the CNPMA at any moment during the process.

The CNPMA must provide their decision on the request within 60 days. The decision is taken on a case-by-case scenario. CNPMA will also request the opinion of the Medical College (Ordem do Médicos), though it is not binding. The Medical College will also have 60 days to provide their saying on the matter. The process goes back to the CNPMA who will accept or reject it, within 60 days.

If accepted, the process of ART must follow the same guidelines for any couple attempting ART without using surrogacy.

At the moment, there is only one request for surrogacy that has been pre-approved by the CNPMA – a heterosexual couple whose surrogate will be the mother of the female member of the couple.

Should you need addtional information on ART in Portugal, click to contact us at Medical Port.

Surrogacy in Portugal – Part 1

Since August, Portugal is one of the few European countries to have legislation on surrogacy. In some countries like France, Italy or Spain, this process is forbidden, while the law varies among other European countries where it’s legal.

Who is eligible?

Heterosexual couples and lesbian couples.

What are the main requirements?

Surrogacy is only legal when women suffer from a medical condition that leaves them permanently incapable of becoming pregnant, for instance, when the woman doesn’t have an uterus.

All the process of surrogacy can only happen on a voluntary basis. It is punishable by law to pay or being paid for surrogacy, except for the expenses involved in the process. The surrogate won’t have any right over the child once it’s born.

The conception via assisted reproductive technology must involve gametes from at least one of the members of the couple requesting the surrogacy. Surrogates cannot be a donor for the process of surrogacy involving themselves.

Foreigners and surrogacy in Portugal

Having Portuguese citizenship or living in Portugal are not requirements for surrogacy, which means foreigners, both the couple and the possible surrogate, can come to the country and undergo the process just like any Portuguese citizen. However, all the process of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) must be done in Portuguese centers and the contract signed between the couple and the surrogate must be written in Portuguese.

Further reading: Surrogacy in Portugal – Part 2: The Process

Expats have decided: Portugal has the best quality of life

Portugal is one of the biggest winners in the latest report from InterNations, an international expat community, that counted on the input of 12 500 expats.

Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley, Portugal

According to the 2017 “Expat Insider Report”, Portugal is definitely a top choice among expats. The climate, the people, the culture, leisure possibilities, the easiness to settle in and safety are some of the most valued aspects.

Portugal is definitely seen as a welcoming country: the country comes first in the rankings for “friendliness”, “feeling welcome, feeling at home in the local culture”, “easiness to settle down” and “easiness to get used to the local culture”.

All these granted this country the first place on the overall ranking for quality of life. Expats are satisfied and live happily in Portugal. The report claims only 4% expressed any dissatisfaction. One of the participants in the survey claimed: “This is a gem of a country hidden in plain sight”.

Healthcare

Portugal is also included on the top ten for “Health and Wellbeing”, a category that analyses both healthcare and the quality of the environment, describing the healthcare performance above average, both for quality and affordability.