Healthcare for UK nationals living in Lithuania
Information regarding healthcare available to the insured of the United Kingdom
As part of the Withdrawal Agreement, there will be no changes to European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitlements until the end of the Transition Period (31 December 2020). Social security coordination will also continue to apply at the end of the Transition Period for the individuals in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement.
As from current EHICs it will not be possible to determine whether the card holder is in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement, existing cards will no longer be valid from 1 January 2021.
Those in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement and eligible for the UK-issued EHIC (the 'Citizens' Rights' Cohort) are invited to apply to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) for a new 'Citizens' Rights' EHIC. Current S1 holders, including frontier workers working in the UK and posted workers living in Lithuania who can continue their posting can apply to the NHSBSA for their new card from November 2020.
Example of the new 'Citizens' Rights' EHIC:
Those in the Citizens' Rights cohort who have not applied for the new EHIC or have not received their new EHIC yet, can request the NHSBSA to issue the Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC).
Article 32(1)(c) of the Withdrawal Agreement protects the rights of the individuals who are in the cross-border situation at the end of the Transition Period to continue to benefit from the EHIC scheme for as long as that cross-border situation in the state they are in continues. For individuals who are covered by these provisions and require treatment, the NHSBSA will issue the PRCs as their pre-Transition Period EHIC will no longer be valid. In order to get the PRC, the individuals should contact the NHSBSA and provide the necessary evidence proving that they are in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Article 32(1)(c) of the Withdrawal Agreement also protects the rights of the UK students who are habitually residing in the UK and studying in Lithuania before the end of the Transition Period. These students can continue to benefit from the EHIC for use in their Member State of study for the duration of their course. The NHSBSA will issue these students with a time limited EHIC, valid for their length of study. This kind of EHIC will include distinguishing country-specific text in the PIN indicating the Member State where it will be valid.
Example of the new Student EHIC (for use in France)
More information about the rights to receive EHIC for UK insured you can find on the website of the NHS: https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start
UK-funded healthcare using an S1 from 1 January 2021
If you're living in Lithuania before the end of 2020 having registered your UK-issued S1 with one of the Lithuanian Territorial Health Insurance Funds, your rights to access healthcare will stay the same from 1 January 2021 if you're either:
•receiving a UK State Pension
•receiving some other 'exportable benefits' from the UK
•a frontier worker (someone who works in the UK and lives in Lithuania)
This means that you'll get continued access to healthcare in Lithuania using your UK-issued S1 form and access to the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales when you're visiting the UK.