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Cyprus Health - Applying For A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Cyprus

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Information on how to apply for a Cyprus EHIC card for travel outside Cyprus

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Individual application for European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is submitted by any person who, according to the Government Medical Institutions and Services General Regulations, is entitled to free medical care in Cyprus. Only one application is needed for the whole family. EHIC entitles you for the medically necessary health care while on a temporary stay in another EU/EEA member state.

Member States of EU are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Countries of EEA: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

If you and/or a member of your family accompanying you fall ill while on a temporary visit in another EU/EEA member state, EHIC enables the holder to obtain the medically necessary health care. When one of the persons concerned is in need for benefits, including hospitalization, he/she should present his/her EHIC to the state medical institutions or the contracted with the country’s health insurance scheme medical institutions in the country of stay and medically necessary health care will be provided on account of Cyprus. You might be asked to present other official documents, such as ID or passport.

The completed application form, together with the supporting documents as specified below, should be submitted to a state hospital or the Ministry of Healthy at least ten working days prior to your departure.

Applications should be accompanied by a copy of the following documents, as the case might be:

 Employed, non employed and retired

Medical Card “A” (free medical care).

Photocopy of the applicant´s passport page and his/her dependants, showing their personal data.

Active or retired government employees  Gen 96 or Gen 96A, as the case might be.

Photocopy of the applicant´s passport page and his/her dependants, showing their personal data.

Active government hourly paid staff

Medical Card for government hourly paid staff.

Certificate for current monthly/weekly gross income for the family.

Photocopy of the applicant´s passport page and his/her dependants, showing their personal data.

Student at a University or Higher Educational Institution

Euro < 26 student ID card of the Youth Board for Cypriot citizens and permanent residents of Cyprus or Medical Card “A” (free medical care).

Photocopy of the applicant´s passport page and his/her dependants, showing their personal data.

A <<student>> is a person who studies on a full time basis at a University or a higher educational institution

Note: If the purpose of the journey is to receive treatment, you should not submit this application for an EHIC. For treatment abroad it is necessary to apply for pre-authorization.

If you are travelling to North Cyprus, please check your insurance policies and EHIC cards, as they may not be valid.

You may download a copy of the application form here

Source Cyprus Ministry of Health

Last Updated 15 December 2014

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The Ministry of Health have advised that with effect from 1 August 2013, those residents with E121 marked on medical cards (Currently PINK) will continue to receive treatment at Ministry of Health public hospitals in Cyprus as before, However everyone (Cypriot/non-Cypriot) will be asked to pay the new visit & prescription charges. These health charges will need to be paid by Health stamps available from General Post Offices and Hospital Registries. Holders on E121 medical cards will not need to change them until they expire, when they will be replaced with the new health card.

Cyprus Health - Update On Medical Cards

The latest information from the Ministry of Health regarding the renewal of Republic of Cyprus medical cards is that before 31st April 2014:

· If you are a retired British National and have a pink slip/medical card, you are recommended to apply/exchange this for a white medical card;
· If you are below retirement age and have a Republic of Cyprus medical card, you will need to apply/change this;
· If you currently have a white medical card, you need do nothing (until it expires).

For further assistance/advice, please go to your nearest Citizen Service Centre here to change your card or to seek advice on your personal circumstances.




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