1. Overview

You may still be able to claim some benefits if you travel or move abroad, or if you’re 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 must also tell HMRC if you’re leaving the UK.

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 of National Insurance you’ve paid in the UK to get these benefits - unless you’re claiming Winter Fuel Payments.

State Pension

You can also claim your State Pension abroad.