LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENTS

As with Cypriot citizens, migrants’ entitlement to care is also determined according to the category to which they belong. Based on the legislation of Cyprus, the only migrant group entitled to free public health care are asylum seekers who are entitled to free care if they do not have the means to support themselves according to the “About Refugees” Law (2000).

Recognised Refugees have the same entitlements as Cypriots therefore the same criteria for access to free care apply.

Below are the services we provide. Click on each one to find out more.

Asylum seekers immediately after the submission of their application are required to undergo some medical tests, as a necessary process of their request for asylum. Asylum seekers receive a medical card, which ensures free medical care in public hospitals in case of not being able to cover the expenses.

  • Letter of confirmation issued by the Asylum Service.
  • Copy of Social Insurance Account from the Department of Social Insurance Services or the Citizen Service Centers (for all family members except from children below the age of 18 who are not employed).
  • Employer’s certificate showing the amount of earnings or a work contract or recent certificate on the public assistance received (issued by the Department of Social Welfare Services).

The beneficiaries of international protection have the right of access to public healthcare. For more information on receiving a medical card and the requirements by the Ministry of Health.

  • Copy of Social Insurance Account from the Department of Social Insurance Services or the Citizen Service Centers (for all family members except from children below the age of 18 who are not employed).
  • Certified copy of the last tax statement or Income Tax certificate. (for all family members except from children below the age of 18 who are not employed and persons above the age of 70 without any income apart from their old age pension).
  • Employer's certificate showing the amount of earnings or a work contract.

The beneficiaries of international protection have the right of access to public healthcare. For more information on receiving a medical card and the requirements by the Ministry of Health.

  • Copy of Social Insurance Account from the Department of Social Insurance Services or the Citizen Service Centers (for all family members except from children below the age of 18 who are not employed).
  • Certified copy of the last tax statement or Income Tax certificate. (for all family members except from children below the age of 18 who are not employed and persons above the age of 70 without any income apart from their old age pension).
  • Employer's certificate showing the amount of earnings or a work contract.

THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS

All foreign workers and all Third Country Nationals who come to Cyprus have access to health services. The government of Cyprus has intervened in regulating access to (private) health care for other categories of non-EU citizens by linking residency permits and permit renewals to private health care insurance coverage.

In order for long term residency permits, temporary work and study residency permits, foreigners need to provide, along with all other documents, a certificate of private health insurance coverage in order for the visas to be granted. Existing yearly private insurance schemes enable the individual to use private or in some cases public health services where a fee for service applies and then apply for reimbursement to the insurance company.

The attributes of these insurance packages are:

  • direct payments need to be made at the point of access
  • coinsurance where the health care cost is shared between insurer and the insured (10-90%)
  • there is a fixed amount threshold where the insurer will not reimburse over and above this excess

There is a variety of insurance packages, with the most basic applying for labour workers covering mainly the following:

  • Inpatient care with a ceiling reimbursement threshold according to:
    - Ιllness or accident
    - Period of insurance and per individual
    Hospitalisation per day (accommodation and sustenance)
    - Hospitalisation per day in an Intensive Care Unit (accommodation and sustenance).
  • - Delivery (vaginal and Caesarean)
  • - Body transportation to country of origin

Health Services in Cyprus can be provided both in the public and the private sector. They have access to the kind of health services they prefer (in both sectors), whereas they should take under consideration any differences in the structure, expertise and costs between them.

Accident and Emergency Departments both at public and private hospitals offer their services with charges.

There are numerous private and public pharmacies in Cyprus. The cost of all medicines must be covered by the patient. If a medicine is prescribed by the doctor to a foreigner patient, part of the cost may be covered by the patient’s insurance company. Pharmacies can be found in public hospitals. Their operating hours are the same as those of the public medical and outpatient centers. There are private pharmacies in each city, some of which operate on a 24- hour basis, including weekends. The contact details of overnight pharmacies are published in the daily press, posted on the front windows of all pharmacies, and are also available over the phone, online or through the Teletext services available on local TV channels.

STUDENTS

All foreign students (University and College students) wishing to study in Cyprus are obliged, by law, to have (private) Health Insurance. Such insurance is a prerequisite for the necessary registration with the Immigration Authorities in Cyprus.

Non-EU students must pay for healthcare. Annual private insurance schemes enable the individual to use private or in some cases public health services where a fee for service applies and then apply for reimbursement to the insurance company.