Health Care and what you need to know

There is the equivalent of the NHS in Cyprus which is Gesy

However, you must show proof of healthcare cover:

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

Please note that you can use a UK-issued European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) to access healthcare for temporary stays, usually up to 90 days.

You must register as a Cypriot resident if you’re living or working in Cyprus for more than 3 months. If you’re working in Cyprus, you must also register with the Cyprus Social Insurance Services and pay healthcare contributions.

Once you’re 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 you’re registered with the GHS, you’ll be able to access state healthcare services.

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

If you’re 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.

For more information please watch our informative video here

Applying for an S1

As a retiree, in receipt of a UK Government state pension, you are able to apply for the S1 which shows that your healthcare is paid by the UK and will then be transferred to Cyprus.

If you’re moving abroad on a permanent basis, you’ll no longer automatically be entitled to medical treatment under normal NHS rules. This is because the NHS is a residence-based healthcare system. You’ll have to notify your GP practice so you and your family can be removed from the NHS register. Please click here for more information and how to apply for an S1.

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