Guide To European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Written by LouiseElizabeth

15th May 2019

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European Health Insurance Card or EHIC is free for UK residents and entitles the holder to free or discounted medical treatment at state-run hospitals and GPs in 28 European Union country, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

When traveling to Europe it’s important that you bring your EHIC card with you when going on holidays.

It’s likely BREXIT will affect your access to European Healthcare. European Health Insurance Cards are currently valid until October 31, 2019, Click here for more information

Does EHIC entitle you to free medical cover?

EHIC for travling in your Europe

No, a European Health Insurance Card will entitle you to the same treatment that local citizens are entitled to. Therefore this does not necessarily entitle you to free medical cover unless local citizens also receive this.

Do I still need travel insurance?

Yes, EHIC shouldn’t be a substitute for travel insurance. It’s important to have both a valid EHIC and travel insurance in place before you travel on holiday.

How to apply for a free EHIC

When applying or renewing your EHIC, make sure you do this in plenty of time, as you will need to travel with your card when going on holiday. Online applications can take 7-10 working days and postal application may take longer.

EHIC Online Application

Apply for your FREE EHIC online on EHIC website or NHS website (DO NOT pay for your EHIC)

EHIC Postal Application

Print the EHIC application from the NHS website and post it to; NHS Business Services Authority, European Health Insurance Card, EHIC Applications, Bridge House, 152 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6SN.

Contact EHIC

Facebook has an Official EHIC page where you can ask question 24/7 Official EHIC Facebook

Lost or Stolen EHIC – Call 0300 330 1350, or from abroad call +44 191 218 1999

EHIC Facebook

TIP: The EHIC is FREE and you DO NOT have to pay. Please beware of websites charging for an EHIC, this is a SCAM and you won’t get your money back

How to renew your European Health Insurance Card

EHIC is valid for 5 years and they can be renewed 6 months before the expiry date.

Apply for your FREE EHIC online on EHIC website or NHS website (DO NOT pay for your EHIC)

EHIC for children

Although you have to be over 16 years old to apply for an EHIC, you can include your children as a dependant when submitting your application. You will just need their NHS number and they will receive their own cards that will be valid for 5 years.

European Health Insurance Card Advice

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