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If you are moving to an EU country, you might be entitled to healthcare paid for by the UK.

If you moved to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland before 1 January 2020, you also may be entitled to healthcare paid for by the UK.

Your entitlement depends on whether you want to live abroad permanently or work outside the UK for a set period only.

You can get help within the European Union (EU) if you receive a UK State Pension or some other UK benefits. You will not be entitled to state-provided medical care paid for by the UK if you move outside the EU.

If you get a UK State Pension

If you move to an EU country and receive a UK State Pension, you may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK.

If you moved to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland before 1 January 2020 and receive a UK state pension, you also may be entitled to healthcare paid for by the UK.

To get help you must apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an 'S1 form'.

If you receive a UK State Pension and a pension from the country you have moved to, you may not get an S1 form. This is because the country you live in is responsible for your healthcare.

If you receive your UK State Pension as well as a pension from an EU country, but are now living in a different country, the country you paid contributions in for longest time may be responsible for your healthcare.

Apply by contacting our helpdesk or emailing us at nhsbsa.ohsregistrations@nhs.net.

If you're a Posted Worker

If you're a worker temporarily posted by a UK company to an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you may be entitled to UK funded health care in the country you're posted to.

Find out more on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website.

Flight crew and those working on a vessel at sea can also check their entitlement by contacting HMRC.

If you receive benefits

If you've been living in an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland since before 1 January 2020, and you receive another exportable benefit, you may also be entitled to an S1 form.

If you moved to an EU country on or after 1 January 2021 and receive an exportable benefit, you may be entitled to an S1 form.

Read more information on GOV.UK about claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Using your S1 form

Once issued, register the S1 form with the relevant authority in your country of residence.

Most countries will say you need to do this before you can register for healthcare or obtain a medical card.

You'll be able to use your UK-issued EHIC or UK GHIC to access state-funded necessary medical treatment when you visit an eligible EU country.

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