Reciprocal Health Care Agreements

Assessing your eligibility

To access Medicare when you travel to Australia on a 405 or 410 visa, you must meet certain criteria.

If you applied for or received a subclass 410 (Retirement) visa before 1 December 1998, you may be eligible for Medicare under a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement. You must have lived in a country in which Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA). Exceptions apply to Italy and Malta.

If you hold a subclass 410 or 405 visa after 1 December 1998, you may be eligible under the RHCA if you:

  • have lived in a country in which Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) (exceptions apply to Italy and Malta), and
  • meet the assessment criteria for a person with exceptional circumstances

RHCA countries

Read the assessment criteria to find out if you might be eligible for Medicare under a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA).

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This information was printed Tuesday 21 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/reciprocal-health-care-agreements/405-and-410-visa-holders/assessing-your-eligibility It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 22 August 2018