Health care card for foreigners
- The health care card is obtained by registering with the National Health Service, and compulsory for foreign nationals holding a residence permit for: subordinate /self-employed work, family reasons, asylum, humanitarian reasons, request for asylum, adoption procedures, foster care procedures, citizenship procedures. In these instances, registration is free of charge. In the case of non-EU foreign nationals holding a residence permit for other reasons, registration is voluntary and involves the payment of a fee.
- To obtain a health care card, the foreign national must already have a valid Residence Permit. The application must pass the required checks carried out by the competent ASL (Local Health Authority).
- The applicant must go to the ASL (Local Health Authority) and produce a copy of the current residence permit, or a receipt of application for a first residence permit, or a receipt of application for renewal of an expired permit. The tax code number and self-certification of residence or declaration of current abode are also needed. The ASL (Local Health Authority) health care card is necessary if coming from another Health Authority.
- In the case of compulsory registration, there is no charge for registration and issue of the card; in the case of voluntary registration, a fee is payable.
- The validity of Registration with the National Health Service is the same as the residence permit. In the case of an application for renewal, registration is valid for 3 months from the date of receipt (renewable).