to stay in Spain for no longer than three
months should bring Form
E111 from the UK.
This will entitle the holder to free reciprocal
emergency health care during their stay
or any of your dependants
are suddenly taken ill or have an accident
during a visit to any of these countries,
free or reduced-cost emergency treatment
is available in most cases on production
of a valid Form
Only state-provided emergency
treatment is covered, and you will receive
treatment on the same terms as nationals
of the country you are visiting. Private
is generally not covered, and state-provided
treatment may not cover all of the things
that you would expect to receive free of
charge from the NHS.
to obtain Form
if you are ordinarily resident in the
and you are a national of the UK.
The form is available in any
main post office
Fill in the application form at the back
of the booklet as well as form
itself, in accordance with the instructions
in the booklet. Hand over the completed
forms at the post office where the form
will be stamped and signed and returned
to you. The E111
is free; you will not have to pay for its
Keep it safe, preferably with your passport,
and carry it with you when travelling within
There is no time limit on the
It remains valid indefinitely so long as
you remain ordinarily resident in the UK.
covers you, your spouse and your dependant
children up to the
age of 16,
if they are still in full time education.
It will also cover an unmarried
partner if you have children together. When
pass these ages they can get an E111
in their own right.
Always keep a photocopy
of your E111
form with the original.
This is important in Spain as a photocopy
is required as well as your original
You will be given back your E111
but the photocopy will be kept. However,
in some countries the original E111 may
be kept by the authorities.
is not generally provided under the state
system. The costs will not be reimbursed.
Treatment in Spain: Form E112
E111 will not cover you for free
or reduced-cost treatment
if you are going to Spain specifically for
medical care, or if you require ongoing
treatment for a pre-existing condition.
For this, you will need Form
E112 which is not issued automatically
but requires authorisation
from the Department
of Health. Unless you have an
E112, you will have to pay for the
you receive and you will not be able to
obtain a refund of the costs.
that will require treatment
during your time abroad - eg, blood
etc. apply by letter enclosing details,
including dates of treatment, supporting
medical evidence from your GP
and a copy of your E111
to the following address:
of Health - International Branch
Tel: 020 7210 4850
is only available where a clear need for
is established. The form is not available
on a ‘just
in case’ basis.
care write to the above address explaining
why you want care outside the UK
and enclose a copy of your E111
and evidence from your GP
or midwife of your expected date of confinement.