The new European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives European citizens the right to state healthcare during temporary stays in any of the 28 EU Member States, plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as the citizens of that country. However, if your stay in the country exceeds three months, you could be asked for a paper form (such as the S1 or E106 forms)
Non-EU citizens will need health insurance in order to obtain a residence permit.
The following forms of proof are accepted:
- a consular statement certifying your right to healthcare based on an agreement between Italy and your home country (view list of countries with agreements)
- a foreign health insurance policy and a consular statement stating its validity in Italy, duration and the nature of the care covered. This must include no limitations or exceptions to fees deriving from urgent hospital care, for the whole duration of the policy;
- insurance policy with an Italian organisation or company, accompanied by a statement from the insurance provider guaranteeing the absence of limitations or exceptions to fees deriving from urgent hospital care, for the whole duration of the policy;
Alternatively, you can sign up to the National Health Service (brochures in various languages available).
Find out more about how to sign up to the National Health Service in Lombardy.