Prepare your visit

What you need before you visit

Visiting a hospital overseas

If you have never visited a hospital overseas, don’t hesitate. We help international patients from all over the world every day.
Our experience lies in a full-service support in your patient journey. This page summarizes how you must prepare your outbound medical travel.

Preparing your visit

Register as a patient

If this is your first appointment at Erasmus MC please visit the registration desk. Registering takes around 30 minutes, please be on time. You will be met by one of the IPC care coordinator’s to help you with the registration and/ or questions.

What should you bring to the appointment

  • The appointment letter
  • Up to date Passport or ID
  • Insurance card (when you are insured)
  • Credit card or other form of direct payment (No cash is accepted)
  • If available: A summary of current medication

Patient Rights

All medical laws, regulations and rights are thoroughly documented and well enforced within the Dutch public Healthcare system. Please be informed and attentively read your patients rights; then determine if a medical treatment in the Netherlands is suitable to your needs and expectations.


Each country has different visa application procedures. Patients and any travel companions are responsible for obtaining the appropriate travel documentation.
Depending on your nationality and length of stay, you will either need a short or a long stay (>90 days) visa.
EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals may travel to the Netherlands without a visa.

Non-EU and EEA nationals will require a tourism or residence visa. For more information visit this website by the Dutch government.

Please note that you should apply for your visa well in advance.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We can assist with obtaining an appointment confirmation letter if needed for your visa application.


Finance and health insurance

It is important to prepare the financial details of your trip.
If you have health insurance, please call your insurance company before arriving in the Netherlands. Your insurance company will start the financial clearance process.

Whether you are covered by insurance or a self-paying customer, we will help ensure that the billing and payment process runs smoothly.
Your personal Care Coordinator will prepare an estimate of total cost and guide you trough the financial requirements.
The total cost estimate include the medical treatment at Erasmus MC.

Please note that the full amount of total costs must be paid in advance upon your arrival in the Netherlands.


Travel insurance

Please note that travel insurance is mandatory. Patients are responsible to arrange the needed insurances.

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