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What to know before coming to Italy

What to know before you go

In general, Italian National Health Service hospitals (public and private accredited) guarantee healthcare free of charge, except for possible co-pay fees, to foreign citizens coming to Italy for temporary stays as detailed below:




Citizens registered with the National Health Service of a country without a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Italy, instead, are liable for the full fee for any healthcare received in Italian National Health Service facilities.

On the occasion of the extraordinary event of the Jubilee, the Italian Government has established that foreign pilgrims will be able to pay a voluntary contribution of 51 euros (50 euros plus a 1 euro commission) in order to apply - through an online form - for the First Aid Pass; the pass will entitle them to emergency healthcare in Italian National Health Service hospitals (public or private accredited) free of charge for the duration of their stay.

The First Aid Pass does not entitle pilgrims to any healthcare free of charge - including medicines and medical devices – that is necessary but not urgent, i.e. usual care for known and preexisting chronic diseases.

In case of non-payment of the contribution, the current legislation applies; thus, pilgrims receiving healthcare will be liable for the full fee applying in the Region where the hospital is and may claim afterwards for reimbursement from their health insurance provider.

Pilgrims registered with the National Health Service of some countries do not have to pay the contribution.

Before paying the contribution, please read carefully "How to obtain it", take note of the information you need and the healthcare guaranteed by the First Aid Pass, and verify if you are already covered by the National Health Service of your country.

Important: payment of the contribution does not replace any legally required health insurance policy. The First Aid Pass is only valid in Italy.


Publication date: 11 december 2015
First Aid Pass The Jubilee ended on 20 November 2016 - THE ONLINE FORM IS NO LONGER ACTIVE
Jubilee of mercy - Merciful like the Father - Pontifical council for the promotion of the new evangelization
Regione Lazio
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