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If you need to travel abroad for an abortion in Europe, this website can help you figure out where to go and how to do it.

Medical or surgical abortion

There are two types of abortion and which type you get will depend on how far into the pregnancy you are, as well as what is offered at the clinic you visit.

If you are over 12 weeks pregnant and travelling abroad for an abortion, you will probably need surgical abortion.

People under 12 weeks of pregnancy may be able to have a medical abortion, or an abortion with pills.

If you must travel for abortion, you may prefer a surgical abortion because it takes place over a shorter time and takes place entirely in the clinic or hospital where the abortion is done.

Medical abortion takes place over 24-36 hours, with the later stages of bleeding usually taking place at home, so it may not be the best option if you must travel abroad for abortion.

How safe is it?

Surgical abortion is a very safe medical procedure when it is performed by a healthcare professional. The rate of complication for abortion is about the same as the rate of complication for colonoscopy.

Abortion is safer the earlier in pregnancy is performed. Abortion does not impact on your long-term health and it does not impact on your chances of conceiving in the future.

What is surgical abortion?

Surgical abortion is a minor operation that is usually done with local anaesthetic or sedation. During a surgical abortion, the doctor will use gentle suction to remove the pregnancy from your uterus.

If you are further into the pregnancy, the doctor might need to give you some medication to dilate (open) your cervix overnight and then the abortion will be completed the next day. The procedure itself only lasts a few minutes.

If you are over 12 weeks pregnant, and travelling abroad for abortion, you will most likely have a surgical abortion.

Early Medical Abortion pills

We know many people have no alternative but to seek Early Medical Abortion pills (EMA) online. While the World Health Organisation has said that Early Medical Abortion pills are safe, even when taken outside of clinical setting, there are risks associated with buying medication online and we do not advise anyone to take medication without qualified medical supervision if possible.

If you have no other option, in our experience both Women Help Women and Women on Web are reputable organisations who can provide Early Medical Abortion pills as well as advice and support.

If you visit their websites, you will find information about how these pills work, their safety and any side effects. Both organisations provide an online medical consultation. Both organisations ask for a donation for the pills.

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Fetal anomaly

Many countries allow termination for fetal anomaly without a gestational age limit. This depends on the severity of the diagnosis and whether or not individual clinics or hospitals have capacity to help non-residents. When these terminations are more than 24 weeks into the pregnancy, they must take place in a hospital (rather than private clinic) where you can sometimes pay for at least some of the costs using insurance, including EHIC.

Getting an appointment for a later abortion due to fetal anomaly is more complicated, because you need to have the approval of doctors in the country where you are travelling. It can be difficult to book this kind of treatment by yourself.

For assistance deciding where you are eligible to receive a later termination for fetal anomaly, you can contact Travel Abortion [email protected] or Travel Abortion

The Netherlands

In the Netherlands, abortion is legally available in abortion clinics up to 21 weeks and 6 days. In hospital, abortion is legal to 24 weeks but it is nearly impossible for non-residents to obtain abortions in Dutch hospitals. Dutch clinics receive many patients from across Europe and are well-equipped to help people travelling for abortion who do not speak Dutch.

Not all clinics offer abortion up to 21 weeks 6 days, because individual clinics have their own limits. The clinic will tell you if they are able to treat you.

Dutch clinics determine whether they can treat a patient based on fetal measurements (called BDP or DBP), not the estimation of gestational age based on the date of your last menstrual period. If you have had an ultrasound scan, this information will be listed on the scan. When you book an appointment, the clinic will ask you about your ultrasound scan and they might ask you to email them a copy of it.

The Netherlands has a five day ‘reflection period’ that requires the patient to have a letter from a doctor confirming the pregnancy and the patient’s desire to have an abortion. The letter has to be dated at least five days before the appointment.

If you do not have this letter, or cannot get it in your country, your phone call to make the appointment with the clinic can be used in place of this letter. This means if your appointment is five days or more after you call, you meet the ‘reflection period’ requirement. If you cannot get the letter and must schedule your appointment within five days, ask the clinic for their advice and they may be able to help.

When you make your appointment, you will need to provide information like your height, your weight, and any chronic illnesses you have or illnesses that you have been recently hospitalised for.

England

Abortion in England is available on request to 23 weeks 6 days. After 23 weeks 6 days, it is only possible to end pregnancies with very severe fetal anomalies. (It is also legally possible if the pregnant person has a serious medical condition but abortion in this case is very rare, and only done for UK residents, and even then in only the rarest of circumstances).

English clinics receive many patients from across Europe and are well-equipped to help people travelling for abortion who do not speak English or who have accessibility needs.

Abortion is legally available across the whole of the UK, but abortion for non-residents in most easily accessible in England. In England, there are three main providers across many locations.

There is no waiting period for abortion in the UK. You must have a consultation with the clinic, which they will usually do by phone before they schedule your appointment. If you do not speak English, the clinic can call you with an interpreter for your consultation.

Due to Brexit, if you travel to the UK after October 1, 2021, you must have a valid passport. You cannot travel to the UK on a national ID card after this time.

EHIC cards are not accepted in abortion clinics or hospitals in the UK. You must pay in full for the abortion when you arrive at the clinic.

If you are travelling for abortion and are early enough, you may be offered a medical abortion (with pills). If you are travelling for an abortion and you are offered a choice between medical and surgical, surgical may be preferable because it is quicker and easier to manage while you’re travelling. A surgical abortion at this stage will take only a few minutes and you can travel as soon as the clinic discharges you. A medical abortion can take place over several days and the timing of the bleeding can be unpredictable.

Spain

In Spain, abortion is available on request until 14 weeks. Beyond that, it is available to 22 weeks where there is a risk to the health or life of the pregnant person or if there are serious anomalies with the fetus. After 22 weeks it is available only for fatal fetal anomaly.

Abortion is available on request for those 18 years or older. For under those under the age of 18, in addition to expressing their request for abortion, they need consent from their legal guardian.

People who are not residents in Spain can access abortion in private clinics where they must pay private prices.

If it is easiest for you to travel to Spain and you would like more information on whether you are eligible for abortion in Spain, you can contact Travel Abortion by email, text or phone for advice or support:

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Organizations that can help you

Abortion Support Network

Abortion Support Network is a UK based charity that provides advice on travelling for abortion, financial assistance towards the costs, and, where needed, help arranging overnight stays in paid accommodation or where possible in volunteer homes. Funding is available depending on financial need and ASN’s available funds. Please contact ASN before booking travel as they can also advise on the least expensive clinics and methods of travel.

We can help people resident in Poland, Ireland, Malta, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man, as well as people from other European countries on a case-by-case basis.

You can contact ASN at [email protected] or you can call a phone number listed here: Abortion Support Network

Abortion Network Amsterdam

Abortion Network Amsterdam helps people travelling to the Netherlands.

They mainly helps Polish women who need second trimester abortions, but they receive emails from people all over the world looking for help with an unintended pregnancy.

You can visit their website, which contains a lot of practical information, including information on more Dutch clinics:
Abortion Network Amsterdam

Their website also contains helpful information for people who are nervous about travelling for abortion: ANA FAQ

If you contact ANA, please tell them that you found their information through this website (AbortionFinder.eu)

Travel Abortion

Travel Abortion helps people travelling for abortion in Spain and other European countries, especially people who are travelling for abortion later in pregnancy due to fetal anomaly.

You can contact Travel Abortion at email [email protected] or Travel Abortion

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    The Beahuis & Bloemenhovekliniek

    Herenweg 211-215
    2106 MJ Heemstede
    The Netherlands

    Phone: +31 23 – 528 98 90
    Email: [email protected]

    This clinic provides terminations up to 21 weeks 6 days

    Appointments can be made by phone from Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 16.45.

    This clinic is located outside Amsterdam, very close to transport links. It is a 25 minute taxi ride from Schiphol Airport, a 45 minute bus journey from Schiphol Airport or a 30-40 minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Train Station

    The clinic website provides information in many languages:
    The Beahuis & Bloemenhovekliniek

    The clinic’s prices are not public but they will tell you the price when you make an appointment. People who are not resident in the Netherlands must pay for the abortion themselves, ahead of the procedure.

    Vrelinghuis Utrecht

    Biltstraat 397/423
    3572 AV Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    Phone: +31(0)30 – 2 33 35 42
    Email: [email protected]

    This clinic provides terminations up to 21 weeks 6 days

    This clinic is located in Utrecht. It is around 1 hour by train from Amsterdam Central Station, 1 hour by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and 45 minute taxi ride from Schiphol Airport

    The clinic website provides information in many languages: Vrelinghuis Utrecht

    The clinic’s prices are not public but they will tell you the price when you make an appointment. People who are not resident in the Netherlands must pay for the abortion themselves, ahead of the procedure.

    Abortuskliniek Amsterdam

    Sarphatistraat 620
    1018 AV Amsterdam

    Phone: +31 20-693 21 51
    Email: [email protected]

    To make an appointment, you must contact the clinic by phone, not email.

    This clinic provides terminations up to 18 weeks

    This clinic is in Amsterdam city centre. The clinic is 15 minute tram or 30 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. It is a 25 minute taxi ride from Schiphol Airport.

    The clinic’s website provides more information in English or Dutch only: Abortuskliniek Amsterdam

    The clinic’s prices are not public but they will tell you the price when you make an appointment. People who are not resident in the Netherlands must pay for the abortion themselves, ahead of the procedure.

    BPAS

    Phone: +44 (0) 3457 30 40 30
    Email: [email protected]

    Request a call back form: BPAS – request a call back/

    BPAS has many locations across the country. You can make an appointment by phone, with their central team, and after the consultation they can schedule an appointment for you at one of the clinic locations.

    Some of their clinics are located close to airports or in cities where it is easier to fly to from abroad like London, Manchester or Birmingham. If you are travelling from abroad, tell the person on the phone before they book your appointment.

    BPAS prices are posted on their website here: BPAS – pricing

    Prices range from £480 (€570) to £1510 (€1810) depending on the gestational age of the pregnancy and the method of abortion.

    The clinic’s website provides information in many languages: BPAS – FAQ

    They have a special website for international clients:

    BPAS – international clients

    MSI Reproductive Choices

    Phone: +44 345 300 2352

    Appointments can only be booked over the phone.

    MSI Reproductive Choices has many locations across the country. You can make an appointment by phone, with their central team, and after the consultation they can schedule an appointment for you at one of the clinic locations.

    Some of their clinics are located close to airports or in cities where it’s easier to fly to from abroad, like the MSI clinic near London Heathrow Airport. If you’re travelling from abroad, tell the person on the phone before they book your appointment.

    The prices are posted on their website here: MSI Reproductive Choices – pricing

    Prices range from £650 to £1750 depending on the gestational age of the pregnancy and the method of abortion. This includes the cost of a consultation, which can sometimes be waived if you have already had a consultation with a doctor in your home country.

    The clinic’s website provides information in many languages: MSI Reproductive Choices

    NUPAS

    Phone: +44 (0) 845 359 6666
    Request a call back: NUPAS
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    NUPAS has several clinics that provide surgical abortion, but fewer than BPAS or MSI. For people travelling from abroad, NUPAS offers abortion to 18 weeks and local travel assistance at the South Manchester clinic.

    The NUPAS clinic in South Manchester provides a taxi to and from the airport, only a 15-minute drive away from the clinic. NUPAS

    Prices at NUPAS range from £290 for medical abortion (up to 10 weeks) to £570 for surgical abortion (between 14-18 weeks). Their price list is here: NUPAS
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