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You are a British citizen


Access to healthcare

Changes are coming on 1 January!

On 30 December 2020, the EU and UK signed a trade and cooperation agreement which will determine the rules that apply from 1 January 2021 to relations between the EU and the UK in a number of areas.

Since 1 January 2021, although an agreement has been reached, major changes must be taken into consideration.

British non-residents who travel to France after 31 December 2020 will no longer benefit from the facilities linked to the coordination of European social security systems. Their European Health Insurance Card will no longer be recognised after they expire.


You are concerned 1) if you are a British citizen who wishes to travel to France; 2) if you wish to know if you can benefit from medically necessary healthcare when you travel to France; 3) if you wish to know if you can benefit from planned medical treatment in a specialised establishment in France.

If you did not find the answers to your questions on this page, you can contact us at the following address: Brexit@sante.gouv.fr


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Frequently

asked questions


  • Will British citizens living in France and covered by the UK health insurance system still have access to healthcare in France?
  • Under the provisions of the withdrawal agreement and if your situation remains the same, your health insurance coverage and the conditions under which you are insured will not change. You will continue to receive benefits under the same conditions as you do now.

    EU rules on coordination of social security systems will continue to apply after 31 December 2020, which signals the end of the transition period, meaning that your rights will be maintained. These rules provide that – if you are receiving a pension from one State and reside in the territory of another State – your health insurance will be covered by the State that pays your pension. This means that your healthcare costs in France will continue to be covered by the French social security system on behalf of the United Kingdom.

    If you have not already done so, you must request an S1 form “Registering for healthcare cover” from your British pension fund. This document will allow you to register with the French health insurance fund in your place of residence. The form will be valid for your entire period of residency in France and will provide you with coverage under the same conditions as a person insured under the French social security system.

    If you also start to receive a French pension, and you continue to live in France, the coordination rules provide that the French system will directly cover your health insurance.

    The provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which apply from 1 January 2021, are similar to existing provisions in EU regulations on coordination of healthcare. This will apply to situations as from 1 January 2021. 


  • I am employed or self-employed in the United Kingdom, insured under the British social security system and residing in France. Will my health coverage change as of 1 January 2021, and if so, how?
  • Under the provisions of the withdrawal agreement and if your situation remains the same, your health insurance coverage and the conditions under which you are insured will not change. You will continue to receive benefits under the same conditions as you do now.

    If you have not already done so, you must request an S1 form “Registering for healthcare cover” from your British social security fund. This document will allow you to register with the French health insurance fund in your place of residence. The form will be valid for your entire period of residency in France and will provide you with coverage under the same conditions as a person insured under the French social security system.

    The provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which apply from 1 January 2021, are similar to existing provisions in EU regulations on coordination of healthcare. There will be a phased implementation in order to finalise documentation requirements for access to healthcare and to set up a system for reimbursements between countries. 


  • I live in France and I am a recipient of a British pension (old age, disability, survivor's pension, etc.). As of 1 January 2021, will my health coverage situation change and if so, under what conditions?
  • Under the provisions of the withdrawal agreement and if your situation remains the same, your health insurance coverage and the conditions under which you are insured will not change. You will continue to receive benefits under the same conditions as you do now.

    EU rules on coordination of social security systems will continue to apply after 31 December 2020, which signals the end of the transition period, meaning that your rights will be maintained. These rules provide that – if you are receiving a pension from one State and reside in the territory of another State – your health insurance will be covered by the State that pays your pension. This means that your healthcare costs in France will continue to be covered by the French social security system on behalf of the United Kingdom.

    If you have not already done so, you must request an S1 form “Registering for healthcare cover” from your British pension fund. This document will allow you to register with the French health insurance fund in your place of residence. The form will be valid for your entire period of residency in France and will provide you with coverage under the same conditions as a person insured under the French social security system.

    If you also start to receive a French pension, and you continue to live in France, the coordination rules provide that the French system will directly cover your health insurance.

    The provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which apply from 1 January 2021, are similar to existing provisions in EU regulations on coordination of healthcare for pensioners. This will apply from 1 January 2021 to situations that begin after the transition period ends. 


  • I am insured under the British health insurance system and I would like to go on holiday to France after 1 January 2021. Will I be able to receive healthcare in the event of a problem, and under which conditions?
  • If you begin your holiday in France before 31 December 2020, you must use your new European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) « Brexit » until the end of your trip. In the event you require immediate medical care in France, this card will limit the medical expenses paid up front.

    The provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which apply from 1 January 2021, are similar to existing provisions in EU regulations on coordination of healthcare. Specific details such as documentation requirements have not yet been finalised. This will apply to trips that begin after the transition period ends, as from 1 January 2021.


  • I am insured under the British health insurance system and my doctor recommends that the necessary care for my illness be provided in a specialised hospital in France. Will this be possible as of 1 January 2021 and under which conditions?
  • If authorised by your British health insurance fund or initiated before the end of the transition period, the requested care can be provided in France through to the end of your treatment.

    You will need to apply for prior approval from your health insurance fund in the UK. If approved, your fund will issue you with an S2 form, which you will need to present to French authorities. In the absence of an agreement, you will be responsible for the cost of treatment.

    Under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which applies from 1 January 2021, planned medical treatment will be possible but prior authorisation will be required. This will apply to applications submitted after the transition period ends, as from 1 January 2021.


  • I am a British salaried employee affiliated in France. Will I be able to continue using my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) after 31 December 2020 for healthcare required during a holiday in the United Kingdom?
  • If you continue to work and live in France after 31 December 2020, you will be able to use your EHIC during temporary stays in the UK subsequent to this date. Make sure you download the Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) from your personal account beforehand. This document, which is issued for a shorter period, certifies that you are covered by the withdrawal agreement and you will be asked for it in addition to, or instead of, your EHIC.