Someone told me that there was an EU law that said that if a doctor certifies you as sick (to some degree) and you're staying in a hotel, that the hotel cannot kick you out of the room.

Update Just to clarify, I don't believe there would ever be a law that says you're allowed to stay for free! I'm wondering if you were sick in a hotel and the hotel has the room booked out for when you leave, can they kick you out of the hotel?

Is this true? And if so, what are the details of this EU law?

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    You'll likely have to pay the "rack-rate" if you extend your stay in a manner like this, which can often be a lot more than you paid for your initial reservation.... (I'm not sure if the doctor thing is EU-wide, but at least some places do have it) – Gagravarr Dec 5 '12 at 12:33
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    If such a rule was there, then logically all hotels would ask you for a health certificate before checking it... or even the hotel will provide a medical check up service upon checking in to make sure people are healthy so they won't have to be stuck with you... Maybe they will provide it as a courtesy to some ill visitors in certain situations... – Nean Der Thal Dec 5 '12 at 23:00
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    There is definitely no EU-wide law on this. For example in the UK you would just be admitted to hospital. – Rory Alsop Dec 5 '12 at 23:04
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    There is no such a thing as EU law. There are EU directives, which should be taken in account by member countries in their local laws. Although I doubt that directive covering this particular case would exist. EU directives usually are very broad and generic. – vartec Dec 10 '12 at 15:59
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    @vartec: But there are EU regulations. They have legal power in every member state as soon as they enter in force. Just as a national law. There is neither a regulation on this specific topic. This matter is regulated by national laws. – Maître Peseur Dec 10 '12 at 21:19

I'd be fairly sure that common sense can answer this.

Let's consider how sick you are.

1) Feel ill, but not sick enough that a doctor will claim you're SICK. So there's no actual evidence. A hotel is not going to keep you there for free, or everyone would claim this.

2) Ill enough that, say, you can't go to work, but don't need to go to hospital. A doctor can usually certify this (eg flu). Sure, the hotel may want you to stay, but should they do it for free? No! You're welcome to stay, but they'll want you to keep paying. And you're certainly able enough to get a taxi to a cheap hostel or similar or catch your flight home (even though it may be uncomfortable)

3) Ill enough that you need to go to hospital. You can't walk, eat, or similar. What's going to happen? You tell the hotel you're this sick, and you know what's going to happen? An ambulance is going to come, and you're going to be taken to hospital.

Now this doesn't mean that they won't give you a discount if they're generous - I've heard of several doing this for friends of mine who have been stuck in bed (but not needed hospital admission), and other special cases, but there's not going to be an obligation on their part to give free accommodation to sick people.

  • These are nice thoughts, but they don't really answer the question ... – Maître Peseur Dec 9 '12 at 16:52
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    @MarcelC. - if there was a law, it'd surely be findable with some googling. Nevertheless, some logical deduction and common sense (as above) can show that there isn't one - there's no logical reason for hotels to give free accommodation to sick people - indeed, it's non-sensical, especially if they're ill enough that they need a hospital. ...........of course, I'll eat my words if proven wrong. – Mark Mayo Dec 9 '12 at 17:11
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    Primo, the question is not about free accommodation. The word "free" is not mentioned in the question. Secundo, legal provisions do not always match the "common sense" ... – Maître Peseur Dec 9 '12 at 20:26
  • Yeah, ignore the 'free' part, in my actual answer I pointed out that there's no obligation on their part, and that they might give you a discount, but they also don't have to keep you there. I'm not sure why I went on the 'free' tangent, my main point was that they aren't forced to keep you on, and I guess I was thinking of someone who was sick AND out of cash, for some reason. – Mark Mayo Dec 9 '12 at 21:15
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    Anyway, regarding the substance you are right. As long as one is not able to come up with the reference to a legal text, one can suppose that it does not exist. – Maître Peseur Dec 9 '12 at 21:24

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