UK residents are being urged to purchase medical insurance before visiting the Channel Islands from now on after a bilateral healthcare agreement between the UK and the Channel Islands was cancelled.
The agreement, terminated on 31 March, used to provide UK visitors with free access to 'immediately necessary' primary medical care while in the Channel Islands, according to the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII).
The Channel Islands are not part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and are not covered by certain EU Regulations which includes the European Health Insurance Card.
"Anyone travelling to the Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark) should really check their insurances carefully as they will now be required to pay for their medical treatment should they become ill or injured there," says Mike Izzard, chairman of AMII.
He warns people to check their private medical insurance carefully, as not all UK medical insurers include cover for Channel Islands Hospitals.
Furthermore, Channel Islands residents will be liable for charges for medical treatment when visiting the UK.
"Some UK health insurers offer specific plans for Channel Island residents, that cover the costs of private treatment for them in the Channel Islands and at UK hospitals" adds Izzard.
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