European Health Insurance Card

If you, and your family members already have EHIC cards – check they are still valid!

The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.

The EHIC also covers the treatment of pre-existing medical conditions but do bear in mind the point above!

Available for all residents of the United Kingdom.

Every family member requires an EHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. If you already have an EHIC, you must enter your own details first and apply for any additional cards when prompted.

EHIC and Brexit no changes have been announced to the EHIC service. The NHS Business Services Authority is continuing to provide the EHIC service as usual, and you can apply for and use your card as before.

Make sure you know where to get one, how it works, what it gives you, it's valid but most importantly - remember to take it with you!

Download the EHIC smartphone app from the European Commission website so you can easily access the information while you are abroad.


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