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Reciprocal  Social Security Agreements (9.16.16.L1)


9.16.16. L1

Reciprocal Social Security and Healthcare agreements


Extent:      Jersey

Updated:  20 December 2018


Words You May Need to Know

Reciprocal - something which is mutual or done in return eg in this information a ‘reciprocal agreement’ is an agreement made between two countries who aim to behave in a similar manner towards each other about the subject of the agreement 

Benefit provision – here, receipt of monies from government eg pension entitlement

Contributions – money paid by an individual to government towards eg a pension entitlement

Impact – effect, result


Reciprocal Social Security Agreements

Reciprocal Social Security Agreements aim to reduce the gaps in benefit provision for people moving between countries.  They allow for benefits earned by and granted to a person in one country to be paid out to the person in another reciprocating country that the person has moved to. 

eg John has a Jersey pension. He has retired to Spain so he can get his Jersey pension paid to him in Spain.

A Reciprocal Social Security Agreement can also allow for contributions made in one country to be added to those paid in another country to increase the amount of benefit.

eg John paid contributions for 10 years in the UK and then moved to Jersey where he paid contributions for another 10 years giving him 20 years of pension contributions altogether.

Countries which have a reciprocal Social Security agreement with Jersey are:

Austria, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Guernsey, Ireland, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man), Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

Note:  Even if there is an agreement it does not mean that all the social security benefits that a person might get in Jersey or in the other country will be payable.  People who are moving abroad should check with the Customer and Local Services and the authorities in the  other country to make sure they understand the impact on their entitlements.   

Social Security agreements and health agreements do not include pharmaceutical or medical benefit.  Therefore people will have to pay the full cost of their GP appointments and medicine when moving to Jersey or from Jersey to another country.


For further information contact:

Customer and Local Services

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La Motte Street

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