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Posted Sat 4 May 2024 11:24 AM
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Hello,

We live in the UK and are British Citizens. My wife and I and our 4 year old are travelling over to Ireland for 10 days in June, how does health insurance work? Do you need to buy it or is healthcare free as in the UK?
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Hi Daniel,

How exciting that you're planning a trip to Ireland!

When it comes to healthcare in Ireland for UK citizens, there are a few things to consider. As a UK citizen, you're entitled to "some healthcare services" through the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or the new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), depending on which one you have.

These cards provide access to necessary healthcare during temporary stays in European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland, including Ireland. However, it's important to note that these cards may not cover all healthcare costs, and they're not a substitute for travel insurance. While emergency and necessary medical treatment is covered under EHIC or GHIC, it's advisable to have travel insurance to cover other medical expenses, such as repatriation in case of serious illness or injury, as well as non-medical emergencies like trip cancellations or lost luggage.

Travel insurance can vary in coverage, so be sure to check the policy details to ensure it meets your needs. Additionally, it's always a good idea to check the current requirements and recommendations regarding health insurance and healthcare access before traveling, as policies and regulations may change over time.

We hope you have a great 10 days! 

Cathaoir


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