Living in Spain after Brexit
Spanish legislation guarantees the right to healthcare for all workers registered in the Spanish social security system, even if there's a no-deal Brexit.
You need to make the best decisions for your circumstances.
Make sure you:
You're currently entitled to a UK-issued European Health Insurance Care (EHIC) when you're travelling outside of Spain if you're an S1 form holder.
This may not be accepted in all EU countries if there's a no-deal Brexit. Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance.
If you're working in Spain, you may have a Spanish-issued EHIC. This will continue to be accepted in other EU countries.
If you're a UK-posted worker, you may need to buy additional healthcare insurance in Spain to receive the healthcare treatment you need.
Make sure you have all the right documentation and it's up to date.
You should not expect to be able to use NHS services for free when visiting the UK if you're living in Spain and are not currently eligible for a UK-issued S1 form or EHIC.
You should take out appropriate travel insurance when visiting the UK, as you would when visiting any other country.
You may use NHS services in England, Scotland and Wales without charge when visiting the UK after Brexit if you're living in Spain before exit day and you:
- have a UK-issued S1 form
- have a UK-issued EHIC
- would have been eligible for the UK to fund your healthcare access, if exit day had not occurred
This will remain the case after exit day.
If you return to the UK permanently and meet the ordinarily resident test, you'll be able to access NHS care without charge.