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Health insurance and medical care


Health insurance is compulsory in Italy. Everyone, regardless of citizenship and duration of the stay, must hold a valid health insurance when visiting Italy or living/working there to protect them in case of sickness, accident, hospitalisation and pregnancy for the duration of the stay.

For more information about health insurance, please contact the host organisation or the nearest EURAXESS Centre.

Another option is to take out insurance on a private basis. Researchers could undertake it before leaving (an endorsement by an Italian embassy or consulate is required) or once in Italy.

Proof of health insurance is asked when applying for the visa (travel health insurance). It should cover a minimum of €30,000 for emergency hospitalisation and repatriation expenses and be valid throughout the Schengen area.


According to the Italian health system, a health insurance must satisfy the following requirements:

  • covering expenses in case of emergency treatment, urgent hospitalisation and repatriation expenses
  • provide full coverage for healthcare risks (maternity included)
  • cover the entire duration of your stay in Italy (including a validity and expiry date)
  • provide for the policy-holder's repatriation to their country in case of serious illness;
  • be either in English or translated into Italian (authenticated by the Italian Embassy/Consulate);
  • be valid throughout the Schengen area.