Don t forget yours if you are travelling within Europe
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the old E111 in 2006
Your EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. It will cover your for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you re not going abroad to give birth.
The EHIC is valid in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland. For more information about what is covered in each country see the country by country guide on the following website:
You can apply for a free EHIC online.
An EHIC renewal or application is entirely free of charge. However, other unofficial websites may charge you if you apply through them.
If you re having difficulties with the online application form, you want to update your personal details or replace a lost or stolen card, call the automated EHIC application service on 0300 3301350.
There is a question and answer section on the website so do take a look if you wish to know more.