Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad

6. Benefits for carers and people with disabilities

What you can claim depends on:

  • which benefit you’re claiming
  • where you’re going and for how long

Going abroad temporarily

You can claim the following benefits if you’re going abroad for up to 13 weeks (or 26 weeks if it’s for medical treatment):

You can carry on claiming Carer’s Allowance if you take up to 4 weeks holiday out of a 26-week period.

Tell the office that deals with your benefit that you’ll be away.

Going abroad permanently to another EEA country or Switzerland

You or a family member may be able to claim benefits if you:

  • work in the UK or pay National Insurance in the UK because of work
  • have paid enough National Insurance to qualify for contribution-based benefits
  • are getting State Pension, Industrial Injuries Benefit, contribution-based ESA or bereavement benefits

If you’re eligible then you may be able to claim:

  • Disability Living Allowance care component
  • Personal Independence Payment living component
  • Attendance Allowance or Carer’s Allowance

You can’t claim Disability Living Allowance mobility component and Personal Independence Payment mobility component abroad.

If you already live in another EEA country or Switzerland

You don’t need to have claimed in the UK before you moved. But you must:

  • be habitually resident in the EEA country or Switzerland
  • have a genuine link with the UK social security system, for example you’ve lived or worked in the UK

How to claim

Write to the exportability team to let them know what benefits you want to claim and where you live. They’ll decide what you get.

They look at claims for:

  • the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment

Exportability Co-ordinator
Room B201
Pension, Disability and Carers Service
Warbreck House
Warbreck Hill Road
Blackpool
FY2 0YE
United Kingdom