Scotland in detail

Health & insurance

The most painful problems facing visitors to the Highlands and islands are midges.

Before You Go

Health Insurance

If you're an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – available from health centres or, in the UK, post offices – covers you for most medical care. An EHIC will not cover you for non-urgent cases or emergency repatriation. The status of EHIC after Brexit (March 2019) is uncertain.

Citizens from non-EU countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and the UK. Australian travellers are eligible for free essential health care, for example.

If you do need health insurance, make sure you get a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenarios, including emergency flights home.

In Scotland

Availability & Cost of Healthcare

Healthcare is widely available through a network of hospitals, clinics and general-practice doctors that is run by the National Health Service. Healthcare is reasonably priced, and free to citizens of EU countries and those with reciprocal arrangements.

Tap Water

Scotland's tap water is safe to drink.