Could someone advise if hospital treatment would be available to us.
We are retired and for the past three years have resided in Cyprus for about 8-9 months of the the year but have not applied for residency as we consider our main home to be in the UK. We go back to the uk for any hospital/dental treatment but find this is becoming very difficult esp. coping with the waiting times for hospital treatment and trying to arrange our stay in uk to coincide with health checks etc. Would we be eligible for hospital treatment here (not just emergency treatment under the E111 forms) My husband needs a minor op which wouldnt be classified as 'emergency' and wonder if it could be done here rather than the UK. I have read loads of threads on the forum but none which cover our situation. I was thinking that maybe we should register for residency but dont want Cyprus to be classed as our main home which may then exclude us from residency in the UK, and is there a difference between residency and alienship. We are not registered at the hospital in Cyprus and also wonder if this is available to us.
We would appreciate any information you can give.
Polly, I'm pretty sure you need to be registered to use a hospital services for anything more than emergency holiday things (on your EHC).
Seems to me that you need to make a decision on residency? I am sure you've been told of the tax benefits for expat resident retirees out here.
As far as things are now, you just are not allowed to claim residency in two countries at the same time. You will, of course, keep your UK domicile unless you wish (after residency for either 5 or 7 years)to change it.
Might be able to give you more information? I'm sure I have read somewhere that if you are out of the UK for a certain length of time, you may lose your rights to NHS care but I cannot find it now so cannot be accurate.
If you are in Cyprus for 3mths or more, Cyprus requires you to register for residency so you need to think about this too!
You seem to spend the majority of time in Cyprus so maybe it would be better to register and have done, so to speak but obviously it's up to you to decide what is in your best interest. As you know you qualify for free health care on an E121.
Thankyou all for your input and thanks Tina for the link. Could you confirm the E121 form is the one we should have as we have the E111 but didnt know about the other.
It is kind of living a double life with three months here then back to the UK for a couple of months. It is a good arrangement for us mostly but the health issues are causing a bit of difficulty. As Deanna mentions, certainly the tax benefits should be considered but again we havent sought to make changes as we plan to keep the UK as our base.
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