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Document What is a reciprocal health care agreement and which countries do we have one with?

If you're visiting any of the countries listed below 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 may not apply. Contact the HMRC Centre for Non-residents for more information on:
  • 0191 203 7010 if you are calling from the UK.
  • 0044 191 203 7010 if you are calling from outside the UK.
The UK has reciprocal healthcare agreements with the non-EEA countries and territories listed below:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Falklands Islands
Isle of Man
Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
New Zealand
St Helena
Turks and Caicos Islands

The reciprocal healthcare agreements with the following countries will terminate with effect from January 1 2016: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

For further information about what reciprocal agreements provide please see the website.

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