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    • 1.

      About the European Health Insurance Card

      What is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

      The EHIC is a document certifying that the holder is entitled to state-provided emergency medical care during a temporary stay in the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

      The necessary healthcare for the cardholder must be provided under the same conditions and at the same price (in some countries free of charge) as for insured persons in that country.

      For more information on the healthcare required for EHIC holders in different countries, see the European Commission website.

      In which countries is the EHIC valid?

      List of European countries in which the EHIC applies:

      • European Union (EU) Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, Germany, Croatia.
      • Member countries of the European Economic Area (EEA): Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway.
      • Other countries: Switzerland, the United Kingdom.

      How to order/change the EHIC?

      For persons insured with compulsory health insurance (CHI) in the Republic of Lithuania, the EHIC is issued or replaced free of charge at the territorial health insurance fund (THIF). Therefore, to obtain a card, you need to contact the nearest health insurance fund.

      There are several ways to apply for the EHIC:

      • in person at the THIF;
      • by logging in through the E-Government Gateway to NHIF information system and completing the electronic EHIC application  form;
      • by sending a completed and signed paper application form published on the health insurance funds website.

      Applications can be printed and sent to the THIF after completion.

      If a Lithuanian citizen covered by CHI left for the EU without a card and urgently needed to apply to the medical institution of that country for the necessary medical assistance, he or she can independently, through the E-Government Gateway, form a certificate provisionally replacing the EHIC. The certificate can be downloaded to your mobile phone or computer. The certificate is available (electronically) for yourself and your minor family members.

      How long is the EHIC valid?

      For persons covered by CHI in the Republic of Lithuania, the validity of the EHIC is from 2 months to 18 years and depends on the category of the person's compulsory health insurance, which is established by the Law on Health Insurance.

      What health care costs are not covered by the EHIC?

      The EHIC does not cover:

      • costs of private health care or services that are not part of the public health care system;
      • repatriation costs to Lithuania (transportation costs: if you have to return to your home country due to an accident or illness);
      • planned health care. The EHIC does not guarantee free health care if you go abroad specifically for treatment (including going abroad to give birth). Each country has a different health care system.

      Important! The EHIC does not replace private travel insurance.

      Can a student studying in Lithuania, receiving a scholarship and holding a temporary residence permit apply for the EHIC?

      The card is issued only to persons covered by CHI in Lithuania. Foreign citizens studying in Lithuania and holding a temporary residence permit are not covered by CHI, therefore they are not entitled to receive the EHIC.

      Such persons must have private health insurance. Private insurance is not the equivalent to CHI.

      Useful links

      Do You have any questions? You can submit them to the health insurance funds by e-mail info@vlk.lt or by general phone number (8 5) 232 2222, calling from abroad +370 5 232 2222.

      Updated: 2021 11 19

    • 2.

      About document S1

      What is document S1?

      Document S1 (replacing the previously issued certificates E106, E109, E120, E121) confirms the right of the person insured by the social insurance in one EU country to receive healthcare services in the country of residence.

      Whom document S1 is issued to?

      Document S1 is required when the person and (or) his/her family members live in a country of the European Union (EU) other than the one where they work in and are covered by social insurance. This document is also available to family members of migrant workers who have remained in their home country but have acquired the right to healthcare in the country where their insured family member currently works (if they do not have the right to healthcare under the legislation of the country of residence).

      Document S1 is also used by retired people living in another EU country.

      For more details about document S1 click here

      Who has the right to receive document S1 issued by the Lithuanian territorial health insurance fund? 

      Insured persons of the Republic of Lithuania) residing in another EU country who have declared their departure from the Republic of Lithuania in accordance with the procedure established by the Law on Declaration of Residence have the right to receive document S1:

      • Persons working in the Republic of Lithuania who, in accordance with the procedure established by Article 17 of the Law on Health Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania, pay the compulsory health insurance contributions themselves or persons for whom compulsory health insurance contributions are paid;
      • Persons receiving a state social insurance pension established by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania or pensions established by the laws of several EU countries, if their duration of service in Lithuania is maximum and if they do not have the right to receive a pension under the laws of the EU country to which they moved;
      • Family members living abroad together with the above-mentioned persons insured in Lithuania, if they do not have the right to be insured with the national health insurance according to the legal acts of the EU country they reside in.

      Law on Health Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania – click here

      Why is it necessary to have document S1 if the person has decided to move his residence to Lithuania?

      After registering document S1 issued by the competent institution of the country where the person is insured by the social insurance in territorial health insurance funds (THIF), the person will be included in the Register of Persons Insured with the Compulsory Health Insurance and will be able to receive healthcare services in medical institutions under the same conditions as all persons insured by the compulsory health insurance in Lithuania. Such person does not have to pay the compulsory health insurance contributions in Lithuania. The costs of provided healthcare services or the purchase of reimbursed medicines will be covered by the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund. Subsequently, for Lithuania, these costs will be reimbursed by the competent institution of the country where the person is covered by the social insurance.

      In order to receive the state-guaranteed medical services smoothly if necessary, it is important to submit document S1 to the THIF immediately - without waiting for the doctor's services to be required.

      Which documents shall be submitted to the THIF to get document S1? 

      The person insured in the Republic of Lithuania must submit to the THIF: 

      • a filled in application to issue document S1;
      • an identification document;
      • a document confirming the right to reside in an EU country if the person is not a citizen of the EU country or does not have citizenship.

      If there are insufficient data to make a decision on the issuance of document S1, the THIF employee will contact:

      • The State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, requesting confirmation that the person is subject to the social security legislation of the Republic of Lithuania (A1 document or other document) and his/her work records in the Republic of Lithuania;
      • The authority of the EU country of residence of the person insured in the Republic of Lithuania regarding the approval of the information on the right of the person insured in the Republic of Lithuania or his/her family members to receive benefits according to the legal acts of the EU country of residence;
      • An authority of an EU country or the person insured in the Republic of Lithuania directly regarding the provision of additional information.

      How to use document S1 issued by the THIF?

      Document S1 issued by the THIF must be submitted immediately to the institution responsible for registration of persons for healthcare in the EU country of residence. This could be the territorial health insurance fund, health insurance or social security institution of the EU country of residence, or another institution that performs such functions.

      After registration of document S1 in an institution of an EU country of residence, the person acquires the right to receive healthcare in that country under the same conditions as persons insured in that country. The cost of the healthcare provided to him/her shall be covered by the institution where document S1 was registered. Meanwhile, these costs shall be reimbursed by the NHIF. 

      Is it possible to visit a medical institution immediately after submitting document S1 to the THIF? Will a card be issued to prove this, which should be shown at the medical institution? 

      Upon registration of document S1 in the THIF, the person will be able to immediately receive the healthcare services reimbursed by the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund in the same manner as other persons insured with the Compulsory Health Insurance in Lithuania.

      Lithuanian medical institutions identify the residents according to the submitted identification document, special cards shall not be issued.

      When does document S1 issued by the THIF expiry? 

      If the person insured in the Republic of Lithuania is employed in country of residence or another EU country, he/she must inform the Lithuanian THIF that issued the document S1.

      Document S1 validity may be terminated:

      • by the THIF, having found out that the person has lost the Compulsory Health Insurance status of the person insured by the compulsory health insurance in Lithuania or for other reasons he/she is no longer entitled to receive healthcare covered by the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund in the EU country where he/she has registered document S1 (for example, no longer lives or is employed in that country);
      • by an institution of an EU country of residence which has found out that the person has been covered by the social insurance under the legislation of that EU country or has lost the right to receive healthcare in that EU country for other reasons.

      The person insured in Lithuania must submit document S1 in another EU country. Where is this document issued? 

      The THIF issues documents S1 to the persons insured with the Compulsory Health Insurance in Lithuania.

      An application for the issuance of document S1 to the THIF may be submitted in person upon arrival at the THIF, through an authorized person, sent by post, by electronic communication means (signed with a secure electronic signature). 

      Contacts of Territorial Health Insurance Funds – click here.

      Application to receive document S1 – click here.

      The person has document S1 issued by the competent institution of other EU country. Where can he/ she apply for healthcare? 

      If the person residing in Lithuania is insured in an EU country and has document S1 issued by the competent institution, he/she should first: 

      • Submit document S1 as well as identification document to the THIF Population Service Division;
      • If other members of his/her family who also have document S1 issued by the competent institution of EU country live together with the person in Lithuania, it is necessary to submit copies of their identification documents and document S1 as well;

      Contacts of Territorial Health Insurance Funds – click here.

      The person cannot present document S1 to the THIF individually. Can another person do it?

      Document S1 may be delivered to the THIF by an authorized person or sent by post.

      Contacts of Territorial Health Insurance Funds – click here.

      Is it possible to deliver document S1 issued in the original language, such as Norwegian, to the THIF?

      Document S1 must be submitted in the original language, no translation into Lithuanian is required.

      Contacts of Territorial Health Insurance Funds – click here.

      The person works in Denmark. What documents should be submitted in order to receive reimbursable treatment in Lithuania?

      A person working in one EU country and residing in Lithuania should apply to the competent institution of the country of employment (this may be a health insurance fund, a social insurance institution or another institution) for the issuance of document S1. After registering the document S1 in any Lithuanian THIF, a person will be able to use healthcare services covered by the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund in the same manner as persons who pay the Compulsory Health Insurance contributions in Lithuania.

      Useful links 

      • More information about document S1 – click here.
      • Application form to receive document S1 – click here
      • Contacts of health insurance funds – click here.
      • Law on Health Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania – click here.
      Do You have any questions? You can submit them to the health insurance funds by e-mail info@vlk.lt or by general phone number (8 5) 232 2222, calling from abroad +370 5 232 2222.

      Updated: 2021 12 03

    • 3.

      About document S2

      What is document S2?

      Document S2 is a document certifying the person’s right to receive certain scheduled health care services in the Member States of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area, Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom. When the persons submit this document to a foreign medical institution, the healthcare services are provided, and their expenses are paid in accordance with the legal acts of the respective foreign country – as if the persons had social health insurance of that country. 

      To whom document S2 is issued?

      Document S2 is issued to persons insured by compulsory health insurance in Lithuania and referred for health care services to the Member States of the EU, European Economic Area, the United Kingdom, or the Swiss Confederation in accordance to the procedure established by the Order No. V-729 of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania of 16 August 2010. 

      Law on Health Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania – click here.

      Who makes decision regarding the patient’s referral for consultations, examinations and/or treatment abroad?

      The decision to refer the patient for consultations, examinations and/or treatment abroad is made by the commission for referral of the patients for consultations, examinations and/or treatment to the countries within the European Economic Area, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The Commission notifies the patient and/or his/her representative about the decision in writing within 5 business days.

      Who issues document S2?

      The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) issues document S2 within 5 business days after receiving information from the Commission about granted prior authorisation.

      What is the validity term of document S2?

      Document S2 is valid for one calendar year. The patient has to refer to the foreign medical institution indicated in the Commission’s decision within this period.

      The validity of the Commission’s decision may be extended for the period not exceeding one year when the Commission receives the conclusion from the university hospital together with recommendation from foreign medical institution to continue the treatment abroad if:
      •    the treatment has to be continued in the same foreign medical institution;
      •    the respective services cannot be provided in Lithuania on time.

      Useful links

      •    More information about document S2 and cheduled treatment – click here.
      •    More information about possibilities of medical treatment in the EU – click here
      •    Contacts of health insurance funds – click here.
      •    Law on Health Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania – click here.

      Do You have any questions? You can submit them to the health insurance funds by e-mail info@vlk.lt or by general phone number (8 5) 232 2222, calling from abroad +370 5 232 2222.

      Updated: 2021 12 03