1. Overview

You may still be able to claim some benefits if you travel or move abroad, or are already living abroad. What you’re entitled to depends on where you’re going and how long for.

Who to contact if you’re going abroad

Tell your local Jobcentre Plus or the office that pays your benefit if you’re going abroad. If it’s a temporary move, tell them when you’re coming back.

You should also tell HMRC if you’re moving or retiring abroad.

Claiming when abroad

If you’re going to (or are already living in) a European Economic Area (EEA) country or one with a special agreement with the UK, you may be able to claim:

  • UK-based benefits
  • benefits provided by the country you’re going to

You’ll need a statement to prove you’ve paid National Insurance in the UK to get these benefits - unless you’re claiming Winter Fuel Payments.

Get a statement of National Insurance contributions

Fill out ‘statement of National Insurance contributions’ and send it to the address on the form.

State Pension

You can also claim your State Pension abroad.

Returning to the UK

Contact DWP about your benefits with date of your return move and contact details abroad and in the UK.

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