What differences are there in UK S1 coverage depending on when I arrived in Austria?

Question: If I have my healthcare funded in Austria via the UK (e.g. Pensioner with a UK S1), is there a difference between the S1 coverage for those who move to Austria after 31 December 2020? Answer: The rules changed on 1st January 2024 and so S1 coverage in England is now the same. Scotland, […]

What does the (Austrian) EHIC card cover?

The Austrian EHIC card provides “medically necessary” treatment in state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the UK. The UK EHIC/GHIC card has similar coverage in Austria, but please remember it is NOT an acceptable policy for permanent residency purposes. Also when you become […]

What does the vaccination mandate look like for 14-17 year olds?

Update 22.01.2022 14-17 year olds are no longer subject to the vaccine mandate. The Impfpflichtgesetz applies only to adults from the age of 18. Information about proposed inclusion of 14-17 year olds (no longer applicable). In the consultation draft of the bill, 14-17 year olds were due to be covered by the forthcoming Covid-19 Impfpflichtgesetz […]

How are medical exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate handled?

Update 22.01.2022: Wordings below changed to reflect passage through parliament and removal of provisions regarding 14-17 year olds. Austria is introducing compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for residents aged 18 and over from 1 February 2022. The legislation (Covid-19 Impfpflichtgetz) waspassed by the Nationalrat (parliament) in mid-January 2022. From the consultation draft of the Covid-19 Impfpflichtgesetz, Article […]

How can I get my vaccine information into ELGA without an e-card or SV number?

This is particularly useful in connection with Covid-19 vaccinations to have your vaccination information added into your electronic healthcare file (ELGA). The easiest way is by sending an e-mail to: vsnr-dringend@oegk.at with a scan of your passport in order to request a temporary number for the purpose of uploading vaccine information. Once you receive your […]

I got my first Covid-19 vaccination shot in the UK – how do I get a 2nd shot in Austria?

There may be a different approach to take depending on which region you live in. From posts in the British in Austria Facebook group, the following approaches have proven successful for getting the first shot from the UK registered. Calling 1450 to arrange a vaccination date – and taking your 1st jab vaccination card with […]

Are UK Citizens still eligible for financial assistance for IVF treatment?

In early April 2021, it was brought to our attention that the IVF-Fonds-Gesetz, which governs access to financial assistance for IVF treatment in Austria, did not cover UK Citizens covered under the Withdrawal AgreementWithdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out […]