Health and Safety
Health Care System
Medical treatment and assistance in Cyprus is offered free of charge to international tourists in cases of emergency at the Accident and Emergency Department of Government Hospitals and Health Institutions. EU citizens must produce an E111 form now a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by their country's health care authorities to obtain additional health care.
EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD (EHIC)
The European Health Insurance Card has replaced the E111 travel document.
On 31 December 2005, the E111 ceased to be valid. From 1 January 2006, you need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive healthcare that becomes necessary during your visit to an EEA country or Switzerland.
In most countries around the world you will have to pay for treatment so travellers are strongly advised to take out private health insurance. The UK has reciprocal healthcare agreements with some countries, which enables travellers to receive free or low cost emergency care.
The EHIC is a card that entitles the holder to free or reduced cost emergency medical treatment anywhere in the European Economic Area (EEA).
If you become ill or have an accident during a trip to Europe, just present your EHIC to the hospital or doctor who is treating you. The EHIC entitles you to the same treatment as residents of the country you're visiting. Only treatment provided under the state scheme is covered.
Note: the EHIC is not a substitute for comprehensive travel insurance.
Who is eligible for an EHIC?
Any person, who is ordinarily resident in the UK, is eligible for an EHIC. However, you must be over 16 years of age in order to apply. Residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not eligible.
All EEA (European Economic Area) countries are to issue the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as a replacement for the E111 form.
How to apply for an EHIC
EHIC Applications Line: (UK) 0845 606 2030
Pick up an EHIC application pack from your local Post Office branch.
Online via the EHIC website www.ehic.org.uk
Your European Health Insurance Card will be delivered within 7-10 days of your application. An EHIC will last from 3 to 5 years.
Holiday makers can also use their health insurance towards their medical expenses, provided the policy covers the length of their stay on the island. More detailed information can be obtained from the Cyprus Ministry of Health.
Tips and advice;
Taking out travel insurance can help you get financial and practical help if something goes wrong on your holiday. Unfortunately, illness, theft or accidents can happen anywhere, therefore here are a few things to consider and look for when choosing a travel insurance policy.
Travel insurance can vary widely on price and levels of cover. If your trip involves particular sports or activities that are considered a risk, check that your insurer offers extra cover or you may need to call a specialist insurer. Get several quotations before you choose your travel insurance and check carefully what each offers.
- emergency medical treatment, hospitalisation and repatriation (being returned to the UK).
- 24-hour emergency assistance - some insurance companies offer an around-the-clock helpline in case you have a serious problem.
- personal liability - if someone is injured or their property is damaged by you or something belonging to you, they could make a claim against you.
- you having to cut short or cancel your trip, as you may be liable to pay the full cost or part of the cost if you cancel.
- the replacement cost of your personal possessions, including money and documents - your policy will specify limits.
- scheduled airline failure insurance (SAFI) - this may be useful if you are travelling independently and are concerned about extra costs you could face if your airline went bust.
You may want to check the following to make sure the insurance you take out matches your needs:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at www.fco.gov.uk/en offers detailed information on travel insurance.
Pharmacies and Medications
Medicine can be purchased at pharmacies on presentation of a doctor's prescription. Almost all brands of medicine are available in Cyprus. Pharmacies are all marked with a green cross.
Cyprus has no dangerous infectious diseases. Visitors do not require any vaccinations to travel to Cyprus.
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