What is a cross-border worker?
The insured person is considered a cross-border worker if they work (and are insured) in a different EU country than the one they reside in and under the condition that they return to the country of residence every day or at least once a week. In this case, the country competent in social security matters is the country where they work.
What is the S1 form used for?
The S1 form is a document of legal entitlement to healthcare benefits delivered by the competent country (country where contributions are paid) and allows registration in the country of residence. In this case, healthcare is delivered in the country of residence as if the concerned person was insured there. The S1 form delivered by the competent healthcare fund must be presented to the health fund in the country of residence. The healthcare fund from the country of residence confirms the registration of the form to the competent healthcare fund.
How do I register with the health insurance fund in my country of residence?
The cross-border worker insured in Luxembourg must register with the health insurance fund of their place of residence in order to benefit from health care reimbursements. The CNS issues a document of entitlement for this purpose: the S1 form (or S072 as the case may be).
The S072 form, the document of entitlement intended for French cross-border workers residing in the "Grand-Est" region (departments 08-Ardennes, 10-Aube, 51-Marne, 52-Haute Marne, 54-Meurthe et Moselle, 55-Meuse, 57-Moselle, 88-Vosges, 67-Bas-Rhin, 68-Haut-Rhin) is sent directly to the respective CPAM (primary health insurance fund). A confirmation of registration will be sent to the cross-border workers by the CPAM. As a rule, no further formalities are required.
In respect of cross-border workers who are registered as a result of working for a company employing them as temporary workers ("intérimaires") and who are living in the "Grand-Est" region (departments 08-Ardennes, 10-Aube, 51-Marne, 52-Haute Marne, 54-Meurthe et Moselle, 55-Meuse, 57-Moselle, 88-Vosges, 67-Bas-Rhin, 68-Haut-Rhin), the document of entitlement is not automatically issued but only per written request from the CPAM or via the appropriate form.
For the residents of all other French departments, S1 forms will be sent automatically to the insured's private address and must be submitted to the CPAM of the insured's place of residence.
If the insured person does not receive an S1 form within 15 days of reception of the confirmation of registration with the CCSS, we advise the insured person tor order the document.
What are the conditions for co-insuring family members?
The cross-border insured and the members of their family are entitled to the same benefits under the same terms and conditions as those to which the residents of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are entitled.
The law of the insured's country of residence applies concerning the determination of who qualifies for benefits in their capacity as a member of the insured's family.
For this purpose, the health insurance fund of the country of residence contacts the CNS electronically via EESSI (electronic exchange of social security information) using form S071 to request the S072 equivalent to the digital version of the S1 . The health insurance fund in the country of residence will confirm registration by returning form S073.
For more information about insurance for family members, please follow this link.
What are the procedures for declaring incapacity for work?
In case of sickness or accident, the insured person must send the original certificate of incapacity for work directly to the CNS before the end of the third working day that the insured has been on sick leave as a result of the doctor’s findings.
In order to speed up the administrative procedure and to assure a smooth procedure for the remittance of sickness benefits, it is recommended that all documents sent to the CNS include the insured person's individual Luxembourg identification number.
In this regard, it is recommended to ask the doctor to indicate the Luxemburgish national identification number, or, if necessary, to mark it themselves on the back of the medical certificate.
You can send your certificate of incapacity for work by E-MAIL instead of by post: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Include the 13-digit national number in the subject line of your e-mail
- Document sent in PDF format
Sending it by e-mail is all you need, no need to send it by post. You can keep the original at home.
For more information on declaring incapacity for work, click here.
Who is responsible for covering the costs of healthcare received in the country of residence?
With regard to reimbursement of healthcare, treatment provided in the country of residence can only be reimbursed by the country of residence according to its own rates, tariffs and terms.
How are the costs of healthcare received in a country other than Luxembourg or the country of residence covered?
A distinction must be made between necessary or urgent care and so-called "scheduled" care.
Urgent or necessary care
Necessary/emergency treatment in an EU, EEA or Swiss country will be covered on the basis of the European Health Insurance Card, EHIC (or possibly a replacement certificate) issued by the competent country. More information is available on our "Holidays abroad" page.
Scheduled care (inpatient or outpatient)
Scheduled inpatient treatment (with overnight stay) in an EU, EEA or Swiss country is only covered if prior approval has been obtained. In the event of an S2 authorisation issued by the competent country, the costs will be reimbursed by the country of treatment in accordance with the rates and tariffs applicable there. In the event of a directive authorisation from the competent country, the insured will advance the costs and will be reimbursed by the competent country according to the rates and tariffs applicable there.
Please note that certain outpatient treatments require the prior approval of the CNS on the basis of a positive advice of the Social Security Medical Board (CMSS-Contrôle médical de la sécurité sociale).
Scheduled outpatient treatment is reimbursed by the competent country in accordance with the rates and tariffs applicable there.
More information about scheduled treatment is available on our "Treatment abroad" page.