Right to healthcare in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has left the EU/EEA (Brexit). This entails changes in your entitlement to have your healthcare expenses covered, including your right to use the European Health Insurance Card.

This page presents an overview of the right to healthcare that different groups of the population have. Your health rights will be limited. It is therefore important to have private travel insurance in addition.

Tourists

If you travel to the United Kingdom as a tourist, you will no longer be able to use the European Health Insurance Card there.

However, an agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom guarantees coverage of expenses for essential healthcare during temporary stays. This applies to Norwegian and British citizens who are resident in Norway.

In order to have your healthcare expenses covered, you must present your passport to the healthcare provider. You may also be asked to prove that you have a residential address in Norway.

You cannot apply to Helfo for a refund of healthcare expenses retrospectively.

People with a citizenship other than a Norwegian or UK one, living in Norway, are no longer entitled to have their healthcare expenses in the UK covered/reimbursed. They should acquire a private travel insurance.

Students

Are you a Norwegian or British citizen and intending to study in the UK?

If you are considered to be a resident of Norway, under an agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your expenses for essential healthcare. In order to have your healthcare expenses covered, you must present your passport to the healthcare provider. You cannot apply to Helfo for reimbursement of your healthcare expenses retrospectively.

The length of your stay will be a factor in determining whether or not you are covered by the agreement. If you are considered to be a resident of the United Kingdom during your stay, you must check with the social security authorities to find out your health rights.

If you are not a Norwegian or British citizen, but are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, you can read about your rights on the website about students outside the EU/EEA.

Have you had to pay a separate healthcare fee when applying for residence? Helfo is unable to reimburse you for this expense.

Students who began studying before 2021

If you began studying in the United Kingdom before 2021, you will retain the rights that the European Health Insurance Card provides until the end of your course. 

Find out what you can do if you are unable to use the European Health Insurance Card.

You should check whether you need to apply for residence as an EEA citizen through the EU Settlement Scheme.

Workers

Are you a Norwegian or British citizen who has been posted from Norway to the UK as part of your job?

If you are considered to be a resident of Norway, under an agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom, you and your family members who accompany you may be entitled to reimbursement for your expenses for essential healthcare. In order to have your healthcare expenses covered, you must present your passport to the healthcare provider. You cannot apply to Helfo for reimbursement of your healthcare expenses retrospectively.

The length of your stay will be a factor in determining whether or not you are covered by the agreement. If you are considered to be a resident of the United Kingdom during your stay, you must check with the social security authorities to find out your health rights.

If you are not a Norwegian or British citizen, but are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, you can read more about your rights on the website about posted workers outside the EU/EEA.

If you have a valid S1 form which was registered in the UK before 2021, this document will still be valid.

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Last updated Thursday, February 17, 2022

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