Visitors and Foreign Nationals
Visitors from the United Kingdom to Ireland receive
free urgent medical treatment automatically, as long as they can prove their
citizenship or residence in the UK.
Visitors from other EU countries, and the EEA countries
of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, should obtain an E111 form from their
local health authority before visiting Ireland. This form entitles them to urgent
medical treatment without charge.
Ireland also has a reciprocal health agreement
with Australia, but visitors will be required to contribute a small amount towards
their care. These agreements only apply if the visitor seeks medical attention
from a public hospital or a doctor registered with the GMS.
All visitors from other countries are advised to
take out a travel insurance policy that covers medical bills before visiting
Nationals of other countries who ordinarily live
in Ireland are treated exactly the same as Irish citizens in respect to healthcare.
They are eligible for medical cards, subject to the means test, and pay the
same charges for prescription drugs, attending a GP and staying in hospital
as Irish citizens.