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Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL8659, tabled on 1 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any agreement in principle has been reached on continuance of the European Health Insurance Card scheme for UK citizens visiting the EU after 31 December 2020.

Answered on

12 October 2020

From January 2021, people protected under the Withdrawal Agreement will continue to be entitled to a United Kingdom-issued European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). For those not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, their EHIC may not be valid from January 2021.

For people not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, the future of reciprocal healthcare arrangements between the UK and European Union are subject to negotiations, which are ongoing.

The UK has set out that it is ready to work to establish practical, reciprocal healthcare provisions with the EU for the future. The UK is open to arrangements that provide healthcare cover for tourists, short-term business visitors and service providers. These arrangements could benefit UK nationals and EU citizens travelling or moving between the UK.