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What is a EHIC Card?

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What is an EHIC?

An EHIC is the  European Health Insurance Card. It allows travellers access to free or discounted care in state-run hospitals or doctors’ surgeries in any EU country, plus a handful of others. It’s valid for five years and everyone can get their own, including children. Just add them to your application. 

Frequently asked questions

How does an EHIC compare to travel insurance?

Travel insurance is much more comprehensive than an EHIC. Although the EHIC gives you great protection when it comes to state run healthcare, that's all it covers. It doesn’t replace your travel insurance. In fact, some insurance providers now insist that you have an EHIC and many will waive your excess if you have one.

How do I get an EHIC?

There is no cost involved in applying for an EHIC, just fill in the online EHIC form or call the automated EHIC application service on 0300 330 1350.

What will happen to the EHIC after Brexit?

UK residents can use their EHIC during the Brexit negotiations, until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. The UK Government has proposed a scheme similar to the EHIC in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and consequently the EHIC no longer being usable. However, the implementation of that scheme is subject to EU countries agreeing to that proposal.

Can I use an EHIC for any type of holiday?

Not quite. You can’t use it on cruises, for example. We recommend you check with your travel agent or holiday provider if you’re unsure.

Can I use an EHIC if I am pregnant, or have a pre-existing condition?

Yes. If you carry an EHIC, you can receive treatment no matter what the condition or how long you've been suffering from it. It also covers routine  maternity  care. Just be aware – it will not cover you if you are going to the EU purely to be treated for the pre-existing illness.

How long does an EHIC last?

An EHIC expires after five years, so check the expiration date on all the cards in your household. When on holiday, keep the cards with you at all times – anything could happen, and you never know when you might require medical care abroad.

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