Obtaining Your Cyprus Medical Identity Card
Should you qualify for Cyprus social insurance benefits, you must obtain a medical card in Cyprus. There are two types of medical identity cards, which are allocated according to your means/income.
Medical Card A
This card is issued to individuals without dependants with an annual income of under €15,377.41, couples with an annual income of under €30,754.83 (increased by €1,708.60 for each dependent child), and members of families with four or more children - polytecnos (irrespective of income). It entitles the holder to free healthcare.
Medical Card B
This medical card in Cyprus is issued to individuals without dependants and an annual income of between €15,377.41 but not €20,503.22 and to members of families with up to three children and an annual income of between €37,589.23, increased by €1,708.60 for each dependant child. It entitles the holder to half-price healthcare
If you earn above these amounts, you must pay around €12 for a consultation with a doctor and around €80 per day for in-patient hospital care.
Please complete the appropriate application form (which you can obtain from any general hospital in Cyprus) and submit it to the Ministry of health in Nicosia, along with proof of income and evidence of payment of tax and social insurance contributions. You will receive your medical card in Cyprus within three weeks from the application and there are valid for two years and you must apply for renewal a month before expiry.
Anyone who has paid regular social security contributions in another EU country for two full years prior to coming to Cyprus is entitled to public health cover for a limited period from the date of their last contribution. Social security form E106 must be obtained from the social security authorities in your home country and presented to your local Social Insurance office in Cyprus.
EU pensioners also qualify for Cyprus Social Insurance cover
Pensioners: Retirees living in Cyprus and receiving a state pension from another EU country are entitled to free or subsidised state healthcare. You will need to obtain the necessary forms from your home country and submit them with your application for a medical card in Cyprus.
In the UK, you should contact the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Medical Benefits Section (Tel. 0191-218 7547.) When you contact the DWP about getting your pension paid in Cyprus, they should automatically check that you have the required form, which is currently form E121.
See Also: Cyprus Our Home | Cyprus Residence Permit | Cyprus Income Tax | Work Permit Cyprus | Emergency Numbers Cyprus | Doctors & Chemists Cyprus | Cyprus Hospitals | Cyprus Health Care | Cyprus Medical Insurance | Cyprus Medical Card | Common Ownership Law