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Giving birth outside the UK

If you want to give birth in another EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you'll need:

The S2 is for maternity care and delivery only. The EHIC is for any other state provided healthcare treatment that you or your child may need.

If you're using an EHIC issued by the UK, this will still be valid until the UK leaves the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your access to state provided healthcare when visiting an EU country is likely to change.

If you're planning to visit after the UK leaves the EU, you should continue to buy travel insurance so you can get the healthcare treatment you need, just as you would if visiting a non-EU country.

The EHIC may not cover you for every situation.

Even if you plan to give birth in the UK and you're only going for a short trip abroad, you're advised to take a valid EHIC with you.

The card will provide cover for all medical treatment linked to the birth if the baby is born unexpectedly.

How to apply for an S2

Fill in the Giving birth abroad application form, also called the S2 form, (PDF, 620kb).

Send it with a copy of your maternity certificate (MAT B1) and any other supporting documents, to Overseas Healthcare Services at the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

Email your application to nhsbsa.ohsapplications@nhs.net, or post it to:

Overseas Healthcare Services
NHSBSA
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 6SN
England

If you need help or have any questions about filling in this form, call the NHSBSA on +44 (0)191 218 1999, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

An interpretation service can be provided over the phone if English is not your first language.

Page last reviewed: 13 February 2019
Next review due: 13 February 2022