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Country-by-country guide

Travelling outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

The UK has reciprocal healthcare agreements with the non-EEA countries and territories listed below.

If you're visiting any of these countries and need urgent or immediate medical treatment, it will be provided at a reduced cost or, in some cases, for free.

The agreements do not cover the cost of returning you to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of pre-existing conditions.

The range of medical services in these countries may be more restricted than under the NHS. You should ensure you have a valid private travel insurance policy when travelling to any country.

You'll be treated as if you were a resident of the country in question. Generally, these agreements cover UK nationals living in the UK. If you're not a UK national, you may still be covered for some reduced cost or free treatment if you ordinarily live in the UK. 

If you're planning to live or work in one of the reciprocal agreement countries, the information in the links below may not apply.

Non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries that have reciprocal healthcare agreements with the UK

The reciprocal healthcare agreements with the following countries were terminated in 2016:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

You will need to ensure you have adequate travel and health insurance to cover your stay. 
 
 

 

Anguilla

Essential documents

  • evidence of UK residence, such as an NHS medical card or UK driving licence

What's free

  • minor emergency treatment

What you'll need to pay for

  • hospital inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • hospital accommodation
  • dental treatment
  • prescribed medicine
  • ambulance travel

More information

  • treatment a GP can give is available at outpatient clinics – there is a charge for this

Australia

Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK, which means UK residents are able to get some healthcare services without charge while visiting Australia.

Treatment at public hospitals is free, but you'll have to pay for:

  • treatment at most doctors' surgeries
  • prescribed medicines
  • ambulance travel
  • dental treatment

Essential documents

You'll need to have proof you are a lawful resident in the UK. You should be able to present either a UK or EEA passport, or a document granting you permission to reside in the UK, as well as a proof of address, such as utility bills or a UK driving licence. You'll also need to enrol at a local Medicare office. You can do this either before or after your treatment.

Some treatment charges may be partially refunded by the Medicare scheme. You are advised to make a claim while still in Australia, but you can contact Medicare from the UK if you were not able to enrol during your stay in Australia. 

To enrol on the Medicare scheme or make a claim, you should complete a Medicare enrolment application form or a Medicare claim form. These are available at www.humanservices.gov.au by searching for Medicare forms.   

Forms should be returned to Medicare Australia, together with any accounts or receipts, at the following address:
 
Medicare Public Eligibility Section
Millar Ground
Medicare Australia
PO Box 1001
Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Australia

You should always arrange sufficient healthcare cover and travel insurance before you go abroad.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Essential documents

  • UK passport – if you are a UK resident but not a UK national, you will need a certificate of insurance from HM Revenue & Customs

What's free

  • hospital treatment
  • some dental treatment
  • other medical treatment

What you'll need to pay for

  • prescribed medicines

More information

If you are a national of Bosnia and Herzegovina living in the UK, you will need to show your Bosnian passport and a UK social security insurance certificate. You may need to contact HM Revenue & Customs to obtain this.

If you are not a UK or Bosnian national but the dependant of someone who is, you should also apply for a UK social security certificate.  

British Virgin Islands

Essential documents

  • evidence of UK residence, such as an NHS medical card or UK driving licence

What's free

  • hospital and other medical treatment for people aged 70 or over and school-age children

What you'll need to pay for

  • other visitors are charged for all medical services at rates applicable to residents

Falkland Islands

Essential documents

  • evidence of UK residence, such as an NHS medical card or UK driving licence

What's free

  • hospital treatment
  • dental treatment
  • other medical treatment
  • prescribed medicines
  • ambulance travel

Gibraltar

Essential documents

  • UK passport – non-UK nationals need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

What's free

GPs, medical care and dental treatment under the local medical scheme are available at the primary care medical centre.

What you'll need to pay for

  • nominal fee payable for house calls
  • small charge for each item of medicine prescribed under the medical scheme
  • private dental treatment
  • nominal fee for limited emergency services at the primary care medical centre

More information

This information only applies if you are staying for less than 30 days. If you are a UK state pensioner and go to live in Gibraltar, the Gibraltar authorities will provide the same medical services a Gibraltar citizen would receive. You won't have to pay insurance contributions, but you will have to pay prescription charges.

You are not covered if you go to Gibraltar specifically to be treated for a condition that arose elsewhere – in Spain, for example.

Isle of Man

Essential documents

  • proof of residence

What's free

  • treatment is similar to that provided by the NHS

What you'll need to pay for

  • dental treatment and prescribed medicines

Jersey

Essential documents

  • Proof of residence

What's free

  • Treatment is similar to that provided by the NHS

What you'll need to pay for

  • Dental treatment and prescribed medicines

Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Essential documents

  • UK passport
  • if you are a UK resident but not a UK national, you will need a certificate of insurance from HM Revenue & Customs

What's free

  • hospital treatment
  • some dental treatment
  • other medical treatment

What you'll need to pay for

  • prescribed medicines

More information

If you are a Macedonian national living in the UK, you will need to show your Macedonian passport and a certificate of UK social security insurance. You can get this from HM Revenue & Customs.

If you are not a UK or Macedonian national but the dependant of someone who is, you should also apply for a UK social security insurance certificate.

The agreement applies to all the successor republics.

Montenegro

Essential documents

  • UK passport

If you are a UK resident but not a UK national, you will need a certificate of insurance from HM Revenue & Customs.

You need to take your papers to the local branch of the Health Insurance Fund of Montenegro (Fond za zdravstveno osiguranje – FZZO) to get a certificate that allows you to get treatment in state medical facilities in Montenegro.

A list of local branches can be found on the FZZO website. You can also find a list of medical facilities in Montenegro on the GOV.UK website.

What's free

  • Emergency treatment only

What you'll need to pay for

  • Other medical treatment
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Repatriation to the UK

More information

Many hospitals in Montenegro will not accept the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as proof that you are entitled to free emergency healthcare. The EHIC is not applicable outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Ensure you mention the reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK and have all necessary documents of proof when accessing healthcare. 

Montserrat

Essential documents

  • evidence of UK residence, such as an NHS medical card or UK driving licence

What's free

  • treatment at government medical institutions for people aged over 65 and under 16
  • dental treatment for school-age children

What you'll need to pay for

  • hospital inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • hospital accommodation
  • most prescribed medicines
  • dental treatment
  • ambulance travel

More information

Treatment that can be provided by a GP is available at government clinics and hospital casualty departments. There is a charge for this.

New Zealand

Essential documents

  • UK passport

What's free

  • dental treatment for people aged under 16 and acute inpatient medical treatment in a public hospital

What you'll need to pay for

  • outpatient hospital treatment
  • chronic inpatient medical treatment in a public hospital
  • treatment at a doctor's surgery
  • prescribed medicines
  • dental treatment 

More information

Ask the hospital or doctor if a refund is possible. If not, claim at the local health office.

St Helena

Essential documents

  • evidence of UK residence, such as an NHS medical card or UK driving licence

What's free

  • hospital treatment in outpatient clinics during normal clinic times

What you'll need to pay for

  • hospital inpatient treatment
  • dental treatment
  • prescribed medicines
  • ambulance travel

More information

Treatment that a GP can provide is available at the hospital outpatient clinic.

Serbia

Essential documents

  • UK passport
  • if you are a UK resident but not a UK national, you will need a certificate of insurance from HM Revenue & Customs

What's free

  • hospital treatment
  • some dental treatment
  • other medical treatment

What you'll need to pay for

  • prescribed medicines

More information

If you are a Serbian national living in the UK, you will need to show your Serbian passport and a certificate of UK social security insurance. You can get this from HM Revenue & Customs.

If you are not a UK or Serbian national but the dependant of someone who is, you should also apply for a certificate of UK social security. 

Turks and Caicos Islands

Essential documents

  • evidence of UK residence, such as an NHS medical card or UK driving licence

What's free

  • everyone under the age of 16 and over 65 receives free treatment

Grand Turk Island:

  • dental treatment (at dental clinics only)
  • prescribed medicines
  • ambulance travel

Outer islands:

  • medical treatment at government clinics
  • prescribed medicines

What you'll need to pay for

Grand Turk Island:

  • hospital inpatient treatment
  • other medical treatment
  • treatment at the town clinic

More information

You can find some basic advice about healthcare coverage and hospitals on the islands on the GOV.UK website and the official tourism website of Turks and Caicos Islands.

Page last reviewed: 25/08/2016

Next review due: 25/08/2019

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