You are here:

Cover your healthcare abroad

Whatever your reasons for going abroad, you may be entitled to medical care at reduced cost or sometimes free. Your entitlement will vary based on whether you're going to an European Economic Area country (EEA) or elsewhere in the world.

Free EHIC

If you're going abroad on holiday or a business trip, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which may give you access to reduced-cost medical treatment. 

Treatment in Europe

Find out what your funding options are if you wish to have treatment in Europe and how to apply for it.

Visitors to England

Find out how to access NHS services during your visit in England and check under what circumstances you are exempt from charges.

Moving abroad

Find out if you are still eligible for healthcare paid by the UK when you're going to live, work or study in another EEA country.

Country guides

Use the country-by-country guide and find out if you are entitled to healthcare paid by the UK. Different rules apply depending on the circumstances of your visit. 

Travel tips

Get practical advice on sun safety, preventing malaria, travel insurance, DVT, jet lag and more.

Travel vaccinations

Learn about the vaccinations available for travellers, and the diseases they protect against.

Page last reviewed: 18/07/2013

Next review due: 18/07/2015

Apply for a free EHIC 

The EHIC is entirely free of charge. However, other, unofficial, websites may charge you if you apply through them. Apply now for your free EHIC.

If you're having difficulties with the online application form, to update your personal details, or to replace a lost or stolen card, call the automated EHIC application service on 0300 3301350.

For general enquiries about the EHIC or claim refunds, call the Overseas Healthcare Team on 0191 218 1999. If calling from abroad ring +44 191 218 1999.

'Malaria nearly killed me'

Mo mistakenly thought he was immune to malaria when he visited family in Sierra Leone

Ebola virus disease

Ebola virus disease is a serious, usually fatal, disease for which there are no licensed vaccines or treatments. But for people living in countries outside Africa, it remains a very low threat

Food and water safety abroad

Many illnesses, such as travellers’ diarrhoea, are caught from contaminated food and water. Find out how to protect yourself