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Guidance: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Cyprus

Department Of Health

October 14
18:02 2021

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This information is about living in Cyprus. Theres different guidance if youre just visiting Cyprus.

State healthcare in Cyprus is not free. Healthcare costs are covered by both the state and through patient contributions. These are known as co-payments.

Cypruss national health service is called the General Healthcare System (GHS).

UK nationals usually access Cypriot healthcare in one of these ways:

  • as a UK national working in Cyprus
  • using a Cypriot permanent residents medical card
  • using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) for temporary stays when studying, or as a posted (detached) worker
  • registering a UK-issued S1 form with the GHS (see UK-funded healthcare: getting and using an S1 form in Cyprus below)

Healthcare if you live and work in Cyprus

If you are planning on moving to Cyprus, see the guidance on Living in Cyprus for more information about visa and residency requirements.

You must show proof of healthcare cover:

  • before you can register as a resident
  • when you apply for a visa

For details about the healthcare cover required for residency applications, contact local authorities in Cyprus or the appropriate Cypriot embassy or consulate in the UK.

You must register as a Cypriot resident if youre living or working in Cyprus for more than 3 months.

If youre working in Cyprus, you must also register with the Cyprus Social Insurance Services and pay healthcare contributions.

Once youre a resident, you can register with a Cypriot doctor through the GHS. You must be registered with both the GHS and a doctor to access state healthcare in Cyprus.

Once youre registered with the GHS, youll be able to access state healthcare services.

You may need a referral from your doctor or a specialist for certain services.

If youre on a low income, receive certain benefits or have an S1 (see UK-funded healthcare: getting and using an S1 form in Cyprus below), you can apply for a medical card. A medical card means your co-payments will be lower or free when you access state healthcare services.

You cannot use your EHIC in Cyprus once youre a resident.

If youre registered for healthcare as a worker or a permanent resident, you may be entitled to a Cypriot EHIC for travel, including visits to the UK.

You may also have the right to apply for a UK S1 if you start drawing a UK State Pension (see UK-funded healthcare: getting and using an S1 form in Cyprus below).

How to register for healthcare

You first need to register as a resident.

Create an account with the GHS. You can either register online through the GHS Beneficiary Portal, or in person with your doctor.

Once you have a GHS account you must register with a GHS-listed doctor.

How to access healthcare services

Find your nearest hospital or clinic on the Gesy website.

How much youll pay

State healthcare in Cyprus is not free. You may have to pay some of the cost of any treatment or service, for example:

  • 1 euro for a prescribed medicine or medical product
  • 6 euros to see a specialist with a referral from your GP
  • 25 euros to see a specialist without a referral from your GP
  • 10 euros to go to A&E

Depending on your age, youll get a number of free visits with your registered GP each year. Your GP can tell you how many visits youre entitled to.

Once youve used up your free GP visits, youll pay up to 15 euros per visit.

If you have a medical card, your co-payments are less.

If your UK employer has sent you to Cyprus temporarily (posted workers)

A posted worker, also known as a detached worker, is someone employed or self-employed in the UK, but temporarily sent to a European Economic Area (EEA) country.

UK posted workers can access healthcare in Cyprus using an EHIC, GHIC or S1 form.

HMRC has a helpline for National Insurance enquiries from non-UK residents. They can answer questions about posted worker status and explain which documents youll need to get healthcare while posted.

UK-funded healthcare: getting and using an S1 form in Cyprus

Theres different guidance if you have an S1 as a posted worker (see If your UK employer has sent you to Cyprus temporarily (posted workers) above).

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if youre a resident in Cyprus and receive a UK State Pension or an exportable benefit. See Planning your healthcare abroad on the NHS website for more information about eligibility.

You may also be entitled to an S1 form if youre a frontier worker (someone who works in one state and lives in another). You must contact HMRC National Insurance enquiries to find out if youre eligible.

Not all UK benefits that can be claimed while abroad entitle you to UK-funded healthcare. Read more about claiming benefits if you move abroad or contact Jobcentre Plus to ask about a benefit.

Once you have an S1 form, you must register it with the GHS.

This will mean you and your dependants will be entitled to healthcare in Cyprus on the same basis as an insured Cypriot citizen.

Youll also get:

Dependants and family members may be classified differently in Cyprus than the UK.

Check with the local authorities when you register your S1 form.

If youre entitled to an S1 form as a dependant of a State Pensioner, your health cover will be cancelled once you begin claiming your UK State Pension.

You will be sent a new S1 form to your registered address from NHS Overseas Healthcare Services. You must register this form to ensure continuation of healthcare cover.

You are responsible for informing NHS Overseas Healthcare Services if you change your address or your circumstances change.

NHS Overseas Healthcare Services
Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 1999
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday, 9am to 3pm

How to get an S1 form

If you have a UK State Pension or another qualifying exportable benefit, y

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