Travel to Liechtenstein

1/05/2013 -- Admin
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Medical and Health

Liechtenstein has a very good health care system with public, private and semi-private providers.

Unless you want to pay through the nose, opt for public health care treatment and always let your insurer know if you’re likely to need hospital inpatient care.

Documents needed: Passport and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

If you fall sick or are injured while on holiday in Liechtenstein, the EHIC or EU medical card - previously known as the E111 Form - entitles you to free or reduced health care from state registered providers.

The card won’t pay for private treatment or an air ambulance back to the UK, if you’re injured in a skiing accident or the return of your body if you die on the slopes.

For that you need comprehensive travel health insurance which includes repatriation.

Doctors and Hospitals

There is one national hospital in the capital, Valduz, with plenty of health centres you can go to for outpatient treatment, including dental care and emergency medical aid.

For more serious conditions, patients may be transferred to nearby Switzerland.

Emergency hospital treatment is free with the EHIC.  For everything else you’ll be expected to pay something towards the cost – around 67 Swiss Francs (£46).  Half price for children and pensioners.

Except in a real emergency, you usually need a doctor’s referral before you can be admitted to hospital. 

Dial 144 for a health emergency and 1414 for air rescue.

Dentists:  Only private treatment is available, and it’s pricey.  Many locals visit dentists in neighbouring countries instead.

Ambulance

Emergency road transport costs are covered up to the first 500 Swiss francs (£346) and up to 1000 (£693) Swiss francs for an air ambulance.  You’re liable for anything above that, and that can get expensive if you have a bad skiing accident. 

Comprehensive travel insurance can cover this and other medical emergency costs.

Prescriptions

There’s no shortage of pharmacies or apothekes, and a pharmacist is on call at all times.  Most prescription medicines are readily available. 

Make sure you have adequate supply for your trip, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition (e.g., heart problem, diabetes).

Over 65s can take advantage of concession rates for certain medicines.

There’s no British Embassy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. If you need consular assistance (eg for a lost passport), contact the British Embassy in Berne.