By presenting a European Health Insurance Card, you will be able to obtain care in places of treatment belonging to Cyprus´s state healthcare system. Information about health services is available from Cyprus´s Ministry of Health in English and Greek. The contact of information of health services is also available on the site.
There are also private doctors and treatment facilities in Cyprus. If you go for treatment in the private sector, you must pay all the costs yourself. An exception to this is a situation in which you have received a referral from the Department of Health for treatment for private treatment of kind that is not available in the state hospitals.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid only in the Greek-speaking part of Cyprus, but not in the in the Turkish region in the northern part of the island. If you travel to the northern part of Cyprus, remember to take out private health insurance.
By presenting your European Health Insurance Card and ID, you can get treatment from general practitioners in state healthcare centres. In order to consult a specialist, you need a referral from a general practitioner in the state system.
You will be charged a small standard fee, which is € 15 for a visit to a general practitioner and € 30 for a visit to a specialist. Separate surcharges are made for laboratory tests and follow-up examinations such as X-rays. Certain special groups, such as students and the chronically ill, receive treatment free or at a reduced rate.
The costs of dental care are not usually reimbursed, and therefore you must pay all costs in Cyprus yourself. Certain special groups, such as those over the age of 65, disability pensioners and the chronically ill, can receive dental treatment in the public sector free of charge or at a reduced rate, however.
You can access hospital treatment if you have a doctor´s referral. In an emergency, you can also go directly to a state hospital via the emergency department. In addition to any referral you may have, present your European Health Insurance Card and ID.
Emergency clinic patients all pay a small standard fee of € 10, regardless of the type of treatment they have been given. Patients over the age of 65, disability pensioners and the chronically ill receive a reduction on hospital fees.
You can obtain a partial reimbursement on medicines prescribed by a doctor in the private sector when you take the prescription to a pharmacy within the healthcare system and you present your European Health Insurance Card and ID. Persons over the age of 65, disability pensioners and the chronically ill receive a reimbursement of 50 per cent.
Transport by ambulance to obtain necessary medical care is free if the patient has a European Health Insurance Card and the treatment is provided at a facility within the public healthcare system.
If you have to pay all costs yourself
If you have to pay the full price for treatment at a local public healthcare unit for which you would have been entitled to reimbursement with a European Health Insurance Card, you can apply for reimbursement retrospectively. You can apply for reimbursement either from the health insurance institution of the destination country or from Kela on form SV 128.