Non-EEA countries

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

Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK, which means that UK residents are able to get some healthcare services without charge whilst 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 that you are a lawful resident in the UK. You should be able to present either a UK/EEA passport or a document granting you permission to reside in the UK and a proof of address such as utility bills and/or a UK driving licence. You'll also need to enrol at a 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:

Ms Deirdre Poole
Medicare Public Eligibility Section
Millar Ground
Medicare Australia
PO Box 1001
Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Australia

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 Herzegovnia

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 the 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

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.

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 Centre for non-residents.

You need to take your papers to the local branch of the Health Insurance Fund of Montenegro (Fond za zdravstveno osiguranje - FZZO) in order to gain 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.
  • Repatriation to the UK.
  • Prescribed medicine.

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 document of proof when accessing healthcare.

Monserrat

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-rsidents.

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 and 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

You can find some basic advice about healthcare coverage and hospitals on the islands via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website and the official tourism website of Turks and Caicos 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.


Last Updated: 01/04/2017 09:00:00