As we continue to promote our offer to all Member States to continue existing mutual health schemes until at least 31 December 2020, the Government recognises that the rules for leaving the EU may not be simple and that citizens can expect challenges. As countries and individuals take action, we have taken a number of steps to help and protect people living in the EU in the UK. In addition, British nationals travelling to Switzerland before the UK leaves the EU will continue to be covered by their UK-issued AEC for the duration of their stay. These include visits that began before Brexit and ended after the UK withdrew from the EU. If a visit begins after the UK withdraws from the EU, the ECA may no longer be valid. Note: Mutual health agreements with the following countries were terminated in 2016: for more information on the UK health system, visit the Ministry of Health`s website (external link). To access these services, you must register with an NHS General Practitioner. The United Kingdom manages, on behalf of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, mutual health care, including medical expenses abroad. If you are retired in the UK and live in Gibraltar, the Gibraltar authorities will offer you the same medical services as a citizen of Gibraltar.
You don`t have to pay insurance premiums, but you have to pay a prescription fee. Individuals should not hesitate to take steps to put in place adequate sustainable rules for the UK`s withdrawal from the EU because of this additional aid, especially since, for some EU countries, the registration period for persons insured in the UK in their home health system is well less than six months. This agreement is maintained, but New Zealanders who remain in the UK for more than six months on a visa will have to pay a health supplement for immigration issues from 6 April 2016 as part of their visa application. For more information, see www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration (external link).