How to get a Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement Card (RHA)

Registration for Healthcare Entitlement for UK Nationals under the Reciprocal Health Agreement between Malta and the UK

The purpose of this registration scheme is to facilitate access for national public healthcare services for UK nationals who otherwise would not be entitled.

Follow this information to obtain this service:


  • Persons registered with the Entitlement Unit under this scheme will be issued with an entitlement card hereinafter referred to as the RHA Entitlement Card.
  • Persons issued with the RHA Entitlement Card will be entitled for free healthcare services in local public healthcare institutions on an in-patient and out-patient basis as well as other specialist services provided for Maltese nationals.

RHA Entitlement Card holders will not be entitled to:

  • Treatment abroad including the UK
  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Long-term care and other things and services provided for under the Social Security Act and other legislation (including free medicine under the POYC’s Schedule V scheme).

As from the 1st July 2010, UK nationals covered by the Reciprocal Health Agreement will be required to present the new Entitlement Card or Provisional Entitlement Certificate to be issued in terms of this agreement to access public healthcare services.

Who is eligible for the Service?

UK passport holders who are ordinary residents of Malta and who are not covered for healthcare through EU Regulations on the Coordination of Social Security.

Applying for an RHA Entitlement Card

Registration for this scheme requires that a separate application form be submitted for each person.

  • A copy of a valid UK passport is required with each RHA card application:
    • If you are applying in person, you must present your valid UK passport.
    • If you are sending the application form via email or applying electronically, please include a copy of your valid UK passport.
  • Persons who are not yet in possession of a MT residence permit may still apply for this scheme by presenting an official
    acknowledgement letter/Interim Receipt from Identity Malta and will be issued with a Provisional Certificate valid for one (1) year.

You can apply by:

  • Downloading a form by clicking here, fill it in and send on the below indicated postal address.
  • Collecting an application form from the Entitlement Unit and returning it to the Ground Floor, Ex-Outpatient Block, St Luke’s Hospital, G’Mangia Hill, G’Mangia, Malta.

Renewing an RHA Entitlement Card

The issued card will be valid for two (2) years. Applications for renewals will be received up to one (1) month before the expiry date. In cases where you are applying before the card`s expiry date, the still valid card must be submitted with the application for a new card to be issued.

What are the Applicant’s obligations?

Applicants are obliged to provide correct information and supporting documents requested by the Entitlement Unit. Applications which are incorrectly filled or lacking supporting documentation will not be processed.

The valid RHA Entitlement Card must be presented each time the card holder requires in-patient or out-patient services in national public healthcare institutions.

The Entitlement Unit must be informed if a cardholder:

  • Dies
  • Starts work or starts getting a state pension from another country
  • Moves address in Malta, or to another country including the UK.

What will the Entitlement Unit provide in return?

The Entitlement Unit will issue the RHA Entitlement Card within fifteen (15) working days from receipt of application. Cards are processed on a first come first served basis.

Quick Steps to get your RHA

Step 1

Download the app

Step 2

Choose to Request a RHA

Step 3

Fill in the information Required

Step 4

Get your RHA in the post

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This page was last updated on 09 November 2022