Since March 2020, the Government has been adopting a series of measures to combat the COVID-19 disease pandemic, both from an epidemiological perspective and from a perspective of social and economic support to families and companies.

Therefore, given the severity of the epidemiological situation registered at the beginning of this year and taking into account the difficulties faced by citizens in renewing or obtaining documents relevant to the exercise of their rights as a result of the closure of facilities, it is important to extend the requirement for the public authorities to accept the display of documents whose validity has expired.

According to Decree-Law 22-A/2021, of March 17th, the admissibility of certain documents was extended until December 31st, 2021, such as:

- Medical certificates for the evaluation of disability that expire in 2021;

- Citizen's cards;

- Certificates;

- Certificates issued by registration and civil identification services;

- Documents and visas related to staying in national territory;

- Licenses and permits, as well as ADSE family beneficiary cards.

The citizen card, certificates and documents issued by the registration and civil identification services, documents and visas relating to residency in national territory, as well as licenses and authorizations whose validity expires from the date of entry into effect of this decree-law or within the 15 days immediately prior, are accepted, under the same terms, until December 31, 2021.

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