An ‘exportable benefit’ is a benefit which you can claim while living outside of the UK.

If you get one of the following exportable benefits, you may be entitled to healthcare paid for by the UK by applying for an S1 form:

  • State Pension
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Widowed parent's allowance
  • Widow's benefit
  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • War pension
  • Maternity Allowance

Changes to who can get an S1 form

The rules have changed around S1 cover for people who claim the following exportable benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Carer's Allowance (CA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)

You can no longer apply for a new S1 form if you receive one of these benefits, from 1 January 2021.

You may be entitled to an S1 form through exporting a UK State Pension or other qualifying benefit if you are in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement.

S1 issued before 1 January 2021

If you have an S1 form issued using one of these benefits before 1 January 2021, you'll continue to be covered by your S1 form for as long as you're receiving one of these benefits.

If you have a time-limited S1 form, you can apply to renew it, as long as you're still getting one of these benefits.