Health Insurance

How to fulfill the health insurance requirement


Italian Law requires all foreigners to have valid health insurance coverage while in Italy. Failure to comply will result in a denial of permission of stay on Italian territory. Visitors who have official documents certifying their participation in a national health insurance scheme, valid in Italy, do not have to obtain separate coverage. In this regard, visitors should verify if their home country's national health insurance programme is recognized in Italy and bring a statement in English by the local insurance company, comparable to the attached template. The original plus an extra copy should be exhibited upon arrival, during the registration formalities. The latter will be retained by the ICTP secretariat.

Citizens of EU-EEA, Switzerland, including other nationals having legal residence and who are enrolled in the social security system in these countries, should bring their European Health Insurance Card with them. This must be shown in case medical assistance or hospitalization in Italy is required.

ICTP provides free health insurance coverage, through an external insurance company, to visitors under the age of 75 who do not have their own valid health insurance coverage and who are NOT nationals of countries listed here, NOR legal residents enrolled in the social security system of these countries.  The coverage is valid from 00 hrs of the day of arrival in Trieste to midnight of the day of departure from Trieste (according to the dates indicated on the Registration form, or eventual extension of stay).

The purpose of the health insurance coverage provided by ICTP is to grant reimbursement for emergency health problems that may occur during your visit at ICTP. Interventions due to chronic health problems may not be reimbursed.

Visitors covered under the insurance policy will receive a welcome pack from the insurers upon enrolment, describing the benefits covered and the procedures for processing claims for reimbursement.

The ICTP Medical Service, is available to all visitors and will assist them as required.

Note on Pregnancy: Before coming to ICTP, pregnant women are kindly requested to notify the ICTP Medical Service ( about the status of their pregnancy, to obtain further guidelines.

List of countries:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Bermuda, Canada, Greenland, United States, Australia, New Zealand