If you're travelling to a non-UK country for planned medical treatment, you're not covered by your UK GHIC or UK EHIC.
These certificates are for treatments that become medically necessary during your stay and you cannot reasonably wait until you’re back in the UK to get it.
You may be able to apply to have planned healthcare funded by the NHS if you meet the eligibility criteria through the S2 planned treatment route in:
- the European Union (EU)
The S2 planned treatment route
This is a direct funding arrangement between the NHS and the state healthcare provider in the country of your choice.
In some countries you must pay a percentage of the costs of your treatment. This is known as a ‘co-payment’.
If you hold a valid S2 certificate and can provide evidence, you can claim a refund for these co-payments. Any refund will normally be up to the the cost of the NHS Tariff.
To apply for a refund, contact our helpdesk.
To use the S2 route, you must get authorisation from NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) before receiving treatment.