In the event of a serious emergency (medical/ambulance, fire, and police), simply dial the National Emergency Number 112 from any phone (landline or mobile).

This is a free call.

Operators speak Portuguese, English and French.

Only use this number in real emergencies, for minor Medical problems visit the local 'centro médico' or medical centre.

If you need police, most towns and cities have a police 'PSP - Polícia de Segurança Pública' or 'GNR - Guarda Nacional Republicana' Station.

Portugal is considered one of the safest countries in the EU or European Union, so don't plan your trip to Portugal in fear of something happening, but keeping a basic safety step in mind and taking some important precautions will ensure your safety while visiting this peaceful country.

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