Medical treatment in Europe for foreigners with second citizenship or residency

Visa-free travel for treatment in the EU and the UK is available to investors with second citizenship. In addition, a second passport sometimes allows you to save on medical services or get them for free.

Learn more about how a second citizenship or a residence permit helps to get high-quality medical care on favourable terms.

Summary of ways to get treated in Europe with second citizenship or residency

  1. A Caribbean passport is suitable for trips to the Schengen countries for up to 90 days.

  2. An EU residence permit allows for undergoing a long-term course of treatment in the country of residence. EU citizenship allows staying in other member states for more than 90 days.

  3. Vanuatu, Malta and Caribbean citizens can visit the UK without visas and spend up to 180 days there. This opportunity can be used if treatment is required in British clinics.

  4. EU citizens, including Maltese passport holders, receive European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs). The card allows partial or full coverage of urgent treatment costs in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and the UK if medical aid is needed during the trip.

  5. EU and British citizens can be treated in public clinics of other EU countries and England on preferential terms. They fill out the S2 form in advance and obtain permission from the public insurance institution in the country of citizenship.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is the EU healthcare system?

    Healthcare is mostly provided on a national level in the EU, meaning each member country has its own policies.

    However, there is a unified insurance system. EU residents and citizens can get European Health Insurance Cards, EHICs. It is valid for emergency care during travel to EU member states, the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The EHIC holder services on the same terms as the locals: free of charge or at reduced prices.

    Note that an EHIC doesn’t replace travel insurance and doesn’t apply to cases when medical treatment is the purpose of the trip.

  • What is the best country in Europe for medical treatment?

    France has the best European and the 4th world’s best healthcare system, according to Numbeo’s Healthcare Index. There are more than 1,500 clinics and hospitals in the country, including AP-HP, Hôpital Universitaire Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris, which ranks 7th in Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2022.

  • Is health care free in Europe?

    Yes, healthcare is mostly free in many European countries. Medical services are usually covered with public insurance funded by taxes. However, some particular services and tests may be charged with fees.

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