Jersey and UK Reciprocal Health Agreement
Jersey and the UK have separate health services. If you live in Jersey you are not entitled to free care under the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). If you live in the UK you are not entitled to free care from Jersey’s Health and Social Services Department (HSSD).
The reciprocal health agreement means if you are a Jersey resident who falls ill while visiting the UK you will receive free urgent healthcare. If you are a UK resident and you fall ill while visiting Jersey you will also receive free urgent healthcare.
Under the terms of the reciprocal health agreement you must have been in Jersey or the UK for less than 3 months and you must be there as a visitor, not to work or live.
It is strongly recommended that you have the right travel insurance in place to cover your potential healthcare needs, including repatriation (specialised medical transport home) to your home country.
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Visitors from Jersey to the UK
What treatment and care is covered
If you become unwell whilst in the UK or if you have a condition which becomes a lot worse while you are there you will be provided hospital treatment for free.
If you are not well enough to travel back to Jersey on a standard plane or ferry and the hospital needs to make special arrangements you will have to pay for this.
Urgent hospital treatment will be free but like UK residents you will need to pay for prescriptions.
Can I pre-arrange to have an operation undertaken free of charge whilst I am visiting the UK? For example, when staying with family or friends who can look after me?
You can only have a non-urgent operation free of charge in the UK if you have been referred by a consultant from Jersey General Hospital. You cannot arrange your own treatment.
Visitors from the UK to Jersey
What treatment and care is covered
If you become unwell whilst in Jersey or if you have a condition which becomes a lot worse whilst you were there, you will be provided hospital treatment for free.
Urgent hospital treatment will be free but like all Jersey residents you will need to pay for:
• GP treatment
• some types of medical equipment and supplies
If you are not well enough to travel back to the UK on a standard plane or ferry and the hospital needs to make special arrangements you will have to pay for this.
Treatment for pre existing conditions
You will receive free urgent treatment for a pre-existing condition if your health deteriorates or has a risk of becoming severely worse visiting the Island (eg: asthma; diabetes; epilepsy)
This does not include:
• free on-going provision of services related to an existing treatment plan (e.g.: holiday dialysis). You will be required to pay for these services
• free treatment for conditions for which you are awaiting treatment in the UK (e.g. surgery) unless there is a major deterioration in that condition whilst you are visiting Jersey
Can I pre-arrange to have an operation undertaken free of charge whilst I am visiting Jersey?
No. You will only receive treatment free of charge if you are taken ill when in Jersey. You will not receive free treatment for conditions that are non-urgent.
Urgent treatment that cannot be provided in Jersey
If you require urgent treatment that is not available on the Island, Jersey General Hospital will arrange for you to be transferred to the UK for treatment.
You will not be able to choose the UK hospital you are transferred to - it is the responsibility of Jersey General Hospital to make that decision. You will not have to pay for the transfer.
Reciprocal Health Agreement with other countries
The reciprocal health agreement between Jersey and the UK only covers travel between these two places.
Details of other reciprocal health agreements between Jersey and other countries are available.