Health Insurance outside the EU, the EEA and Switzerland

As regards insurance outside the EU, the EEA, and Switzerland, two situations may occur: The Czech Republic and the country in question have concluded an international agreement on social security (such international agreements can also be concluded with a Member State of the EU, the EEA, and Switzerland). The other possibility is that the Czech Republic and the country in question do not have any international agreement, and such country is then referred to as a non-contracting country.

International social security agreements are a traditional and commonly used means of coordination in the area of social security and health care. Their primary purpose is to secure the rights of persons migrating between two contracting countries.

If an artist or another worker in the cultural sector, either a self-employed person or an employee, is leaving for work in a country which has an international agreement with the Czech Republic, he/she will follow the procedure set out in the agreement and will thus usually by governed by the rules of the country in which he/she will work. If the person terminates or interrupts his/her self-employment or employment in the Czech Republic, he/she has to notify his/her health insurance company of this fact. A self-employed person makes this notification to the competent authorities himself or herself. An employee is deregistered by his/her employer, but if the employer fails to do so, this duty passes to the employee.

If the Czech Republic and the country in which the self-employed person pursues his/her activities do not have an international social security agreement, the person should consult his/her social security and health insurance carrier abroad or the relevant OSSZ and health insurance company in the Czech Republic.