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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, 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. Therefore, 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 normally 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. Contact the HMRC Centre for Non-residents on 0845 915 4811 for more information. 

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

 

Anguila

Essential documents

  • Evidence of UK residence (e.g. 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 that a GP can give is available at outpatient clinics. There is a charge for this. 

Armenia

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

Australia

Essential documents

  • Evidence of UK residence (e.g. NHS medical card or UK driving licence and temporary entry permit).

What's free

Public hospital treatment, including renal dialysis. You must arrange this before leaving the UK. Contact your NHS renal unit for further details.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Treatment at most doctors' surgeries.
  • Prescribed medicines.
  • Ambulance travel.
  • Dental treatment.

More information

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements cover treatment that is medically essential. This means any ill-health or injury which occurs while you are in Australia and requires treatment before you return home.

You will need to enrol at a local Medicare office, but you can do this after you've had treatment. Some treatment charges may be partially refunded by the Medicare scheme. Try to make your claim while you're still in the country.  For more information about healthcare for visitors to Australia, including what services are not covered by Medicare and agreements for students visit the Australian Government website for the Department of Human Services.

Azerbaijan

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

Barbados

Essential documents

  • UK passport or NHS medical card if you're not a UK national.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Treatment at polyclinics.
  • Ambulance travel.
  • Prescribed medicines for children and the elderly.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Dental treatment and prescribed medicines.

Belarus

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Emergency (non-planned) hospital treatment.
  • Emergency dental operations.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines. 
  • Post-hospital recovery treatment.

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 Centre for Non-residents.

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 certificate of UK social security insurance. You can get this from HM Revenue & Customs Centre for Non-residents.

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

British Virgin Islands

Essential documents

  • Evidence of UK residence (e.g. NHS medical card or UK driving licence).

What's free

  • Hospital and other medical treatment for people aged 70 or over and school-aged 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 (e.g. NHS medical card or UK driving licence).

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.
  • Prescribed medicines.
  • Ambulance travel.

Georgia

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

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 that a Gibraltar citizen can 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, for example in Spain.

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. 

Kazakhstan

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

Kyrgyzstan

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • 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 Centre for Non-residents.

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 Centre for Non-residents.

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

The agreement applies to all the successor republics.

Moldova

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

Montserrat

Essential documents

  • Evidence of UK residence (e.g. 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 a GP can give is available at government clinics and the hospital casualty department. 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.

Russia

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Treatment in state hospitals.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

St Helena

Essential documents

  • Evidence of UK residence (e.g. 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 give 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 Centre for Non-residents.

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 Serbia living in the UK, you will need to show your passport from Serbia and a certificate of UK social security insurance. You can get this from HM Revenue & Customs Centre for Non-residents.

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

Tajikistan

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

Turkmenistan

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

Turks and Caicos Islands

Essential documents

  • Evidence of UK residence (e.g. 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 and 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

There are no hospital services on the outer islands.

Ukraine

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines. 

 

Uzbekistan

Essential documents

  • UK passport.

What's free

  • Hospital treatment.
  • Some dental treatment.
  • Other medical treatment.

What you'll need to pay for

  • Prescribed medicines.

Comments

The 13 comments posted are personal views. Any information they give has not been checked and may not be accurate.

jstashh said on 18 September 2014

Webpage comment:
If you're planning to live or work in one of the reciprocal agreement countries, the information in the links below may not apply. Contact the HMRC Centre for Non-residents on 0845 915 4811 for more information.
Intending to go to Australia on a working visa so...... I rang the HMRC Centre for Non-residents on 0845 915 4811 for more information
Rather pointless as no one at HMRC Centre for Non-residents on 0845 915 4811 had any idea what I was on about ! One person did volunteer "I think that arrangement ended in 2001"
Another example of utterly HOPELESS co-ordination between government entities which increasingly appear to waste hardearned private sector taxpayer monies.

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Telmerson said on 24 May 2014

Hello Mick the Miller

The term 'UK National' is not an official term. There is only 'British National' and 'British Nationality'.

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Mick the Miller said on 23 May 2014

Who please is a "UK National"? My passport describes me (correctly) as a British Citizen. My wife's passport describes her as a British National. Are either, both or neither of us a UK National?

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moot21 said on 19 April 2014

Looking through the website it seems that the EHIC card is not valid in Mexico nor does it come under the reipricoal agreements I am correct in that assumption. I have private travel insurance and have had vaccinations through my GP. Can you confirm the above to me please

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Hot legs said on 16 February 2014

Can anyone let me know if Ehic card is valid in Lanzarote?

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Grider said on 01 September 2013

Can anybody give me information about reciprocal health care for dialysis in Perth, Australia.

I would like to visit relatives there but need information on how to go about arranging dialysis through medicare.

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redlips said on 12 August 2012

is the EHIC valid in Tunisia?


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nodog said on 11 July 2012

I am planning to go to work in the isle of man fo anything up to two weeks can you tell me if hemodialysis is free or will I have to pay for it and if so how much will it be I have an ENIC.

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Gardner2012 said on 19 April 2012

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), relating to free medical treatment in EU countries, is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

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nbod69 said on 19 January 2012

please can you tell me if these cards are valid in dalaman ,turkey thanks

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nbod69 said on 19 January 2012

please can you tell me if these cards are valid in dalaman ,turkey thanks

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AlbusDumbledore said on 16 September 2011

Hi

In regards to your comment 19Alan45

As far as I am aware we (the UK) do have a reciprical agreement with the state of Jersey.

I had a search on the internet and on the Department for Work and Pensions website (http://www.dwp.gov.uk/international/further-help-and-advice/addresses-for-enquiries-about-medical/#jersey)

I came across these contact details:

States of Jersey Department of Health
Peter Crill House
Gloucester Street
St Helier
Jersey JE2 3QS
Channel Islands
Tel: 01534 622000

So even if you dont want to take my word for it i would give them a call and that should give you that peace of mind.

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19Alan45 said on 25 May 2011

Although Jersey is in your list of countries with a reciprocal agreement for healthcare I have been told by the travel agent that it does not. Could you please clarify this for me?

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