The United Kingdom residents will be eligible to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which would help them receive free or reduced-rate medical treatment when travelling to the European Union countries.
The decision has been announced by the United Kingdom’s government, which clarifies that healthcare service will continue when travelling in the European Union countries, following the recent agreement reached by the United Kingdom and the European Union, VisaGuide.World reports.
The European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) continue to be valid as long as the date. When their EHIC date expires, persons will have to apply for their new GHIC.
“Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel,” the statement reads.
In this regard, Minister for Health Edward Argar has stressed that the deal with the EU guarantees that the right of UK citizens to access necessary healthcare on their travels to EU countries will continue.
“The GHIC is a key element of the UK’s future relationship with the EU and will provide certainty and security for all UK residents,” Minister Edward Argar has pointed out.
In case Britain residents travel without obtaining the card, they still will be able to have access to necessary healthcare, but they will have to contact the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) in order to be able to do so.
Authorities in the UK are open to further healthcare agreements supporting Britain residents when travelling to the European Union countries, alongside the deal reached recently between the EU and the UK.
In December, Britain’s government announced that internationals wishing to continue to live in the UK post-Brexit would be required to fill an application. The announcement came after the UK’s government emphasized that the post-Brexit points-based visa and immigration system was officially opened on December 1.
Back then, the UK’s Home Office highlighted that all persons interested in applying for the new Skilled Worker Visa would be able to work and live in the UK, from January 1, 2021.
In October, Britain’s government introduced the procedures that nationals of the 26 out of 27 countries post-Brexit should follow to complete their studies in the UK.
The statement clarified that only Irish students would be exempted from visa requirements to study in the UK.