Medical Care in Italy for tourists: EU nationals and non-EU

In case of emergency, it is good to know how the medical care system in Italy operates: foreign visitors (from EU and non-EU countries) have exactly the same rights as Italian citizens with regard to emergency medical treatment, free of charge in emergency rooms of public hospitals.

The Italian National Health Service is part of the integrated system of the countries of the European Union, therefore, the medical care in Italy for EU citizens, incurred in public facilities, will be fully refunded. In order to facilitate the procedures for payment and refund, it is best to remember to always carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), as physical proof that you are insured in an EU country. The performance of private medical care in Italy must be paid at time of service; any refund can be requested at the time of repatriation.

The entry visa in our country is issued only after the purchase of a health insurance, which is needed for the medical care in Italy for non-EU citizens. Health insurance entitles you to receive medical care in Venice, Italy and throughout the Schengen Area for the entire duration of your stay.

For minor ailments you can also consult the chemist’s, where you can ask for advice or buy OTC drugs. In busy periods, the main tourist resorts offer special medical facilities providing medical care for foreigners in Italy with multilingual staff and available 24 hours a day.

Italian Board of Health