Tips for your EHIC:
Check the date on yours. EHIC cards need to be renewed every five years. So check that yours is still in date before setting off anywhere. The expiry date is in the bottom right corner of your card. You can apply for a new card up to six months before your old one is due to run out, and it’s worth doing so in advance so you don’t get caught out.
Kids need their own cards. If you’re going away with your kids, remember they need EHIC cards too. You need to be over 16 to apply but you can ask for one on behalf of a child when you apply for yours. Just include them in your application and they’ll get their own card.
Watch out for phony websites. If you Google ‘EHIC’, you’ll find lots of sites offering to ‘forward’ or ‘review’ you card, and charging £20 to process your application. Other sites might offer a ‘fast-track application’. Don’t be fooled, there’s no such thing and the EHIC card is free to apply for.
So where can I get an EHIC card?
The best place to get your EHIC is via the official site, www.ehic.org.uk
Or you can give the NHS a buzz on 0300 330 1350 if you don't want to go online.
It's worth knowing that you can’t get an EHIC from your doctor. And you can’t get one from the Post Office either.