Healthcare advice for UK travellers in the event of a no-deal EU Exit- Business Travellers be Aware

The UK government has updated advice for UK travellers on the continuity of reciprocal healthcare arrangements in the event of a no-deal EU Exit.

The UK government has updated advice for UK travellers on the continuity of reciprocal healthcare arrangements in the event of a no-deal EU Exit published on the 20th March.

The advice is as follows and applies to people who travel to work in the EU

All UK nationals who are planning to reside in, travel to, work or study in the EU or European Free Trade Area (EFTA) states (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are strongly advised to check the country-specific guidance on GOV.UK and NHS. UK about healthcare arrangements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Actions for UK Nationals
Visitors to the EU
The government always advises UK nationals to take out travel insurance when going overseas, both to EU and non-EU destinations. UK nationals, including those with pre-existing conditions, planning to visit a country in the EU/EFTA on exit day should continue to buy travel insurance.

The UK government’s offer!
Beware this is at this stage an offer and has yet to be accepted

In order to continue to support the healthcare needs of UK nationals, we have made an offer to EU member states and EFTA states to maintain the existing healthcare arrangements, in both a deal or no-deal scenario, until 31 December 2020.

If EU member states do not agree to extend the existing healthcare arrangements before exit day, many of the arrangements for access to healthcare in the EU would change for UK nationals. Healthcare arrangements in many member states would revert to those that apply to the rest of the world.

In a no-deal scenario, UK nationals may no longer be able to use their EHICs when travelling to the EU.

For the full notice please click HERE.