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.

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. This applies to Norwegian and British citizens who are resident in Norway.

Read about 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.

Students from 2021 onwards

If you start studying in the UK after 2020 and are still considered to be resident in Norway, your expenses for essential healthcare will be covered through an agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom. In order to have your healthcare expenses covered, you must present your passport to the healthcare provider. You cannot apply to Helfo for a refund of healthcare expenses retrospectively.

If you are considered to be a resident of the United Kingdom, you must check with the social security authorities to find out your health rights.

Workers / employees

If you have a valid S1 certificate of entitlement, this will still be valid.

If you were sent abroad as a posted worker after 2020, you and your family members may be entitled to healthcare subject to the same conditions as residents of the United Kingdom.

Persons wishing to receive planned treatment

If you applied for planned treatment before 2021, you have the right to have your application considered. If your application is approved, your treatment expenses may be covered.

You can obtain a refund for your expenses for treatment which began before 2021.