Medical Health Cover Requirements 

Medical Health Cover 


In terms of the Immigration Amendment Act 19 of 2004, any foreign student coming to study in the Republic of South Africa must provide proof of medical cover registered under the Medical Schemes  Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), however, recommends two Medical Aid products, namely, CompCare and Momentum Health.  You will be required to pay for the full calendar year, i.e. from 01 January to 31 December of that year or for 5 months if you will be spending one semester at UKZN. (Students are required to submit proof from their respective Schools)

Medical Health Cover is one of the requirements when applying for a study visa at the South African High Commission in your country.  It is thus advisable to make the necessary financial arrangements for the medical aid cover prior to applying for a study visa. Should you rely on sponsorship, please ensure that you advise your sponsor of this requirement as soon as you get sponsorship or acceptance. It is not sufficient for any student to produce a letter indicating medical cover sponsorship. The sponsor must organise payment for the required medical aid cover directly to the Medical Aid Company, separate to that of the tuition fees.

You cannot register without providing the International Student Office (ISO) with proof of medical aid registered under the above-mentioned Act.

The contact details for the medical schemes recommended by UKZN are as follows:


Web address

Contact email


Momentum Health


The above products have guaranteed that cancellation of coverage will not be refunded without written communication from the relevant International Student Office confirming the student’s deregistration status.

Please note that:  Purchase of other South African Medical Aid products will also have to be paid for the full calendar year, i.e. From 01 January to 31 December of that year and must be approved by ABSA.


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