EEA students and comprehensive sickness insurance

09 March 2017

We have recently received a lot of enquires from and about EEA students worried about being removed from the UK (or not being allowed to re-enter the UK) because they do not have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI).

We have information on our website for EEA national students and their family members (including information about CSI).

It is a requirement that EEA students and their family members have CSI (if they are not also here as a worker or as a self- employed person), and the UK government has said that it will only accept one of the following as evidence of this:

The Home Office has recently reassured those who do not currently hold CSI by confirming the following:

"EU citizens will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have comprehensive sickness insurance.
The requirement for EEA nationals exercising freedom of movement rights as a self-sufficient person or student to have this insurance is set out in the Free Movement Directive and applies to all Member States not just the UK.
The right of EU citizens to remain will be unchanged while we are a member of the European Union and they do not need any additional documents to prove their status".

Despite the Home Office confirming that they are not currently seeking to remove (or prevent re-entry of) EEA students and their family members solely for not having CSI, it is important to re-iterate that EEA students (and their family members) are required to have CSI.