Health Insurance Card

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With the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you can receive health care in another EU or European Economic Area (EEA) country free of charge or at reduced cost. We use the information you provide to process and verify your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) application. You can use the European Health Insurance Card in all member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and in Switzerland. Only one card is issued per person. You will receive the European Health Insurance Card by post within two weeks.

Application for a free EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)

An EHIC can be applied for or renewed using the EHIC on-line registration process. An EHIC gives you the right to receive state health care during a period of transitory residence in another European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss state. EHIC will cover the medical needs until your scheduled home visit.

When you are treated under this kind of health system, you are required to make the same co-payment as a local resident. EHIC also includes the management of pre-existing illnesses and routinely maternal services, unless the purpose of your stay is specifically related to childbirth or management.

More information about what is included in each individual countries can be found in our country-specific guidelines. EHIC is not an option to take out insurance. There are no personal health services or expenses, such as rescuing people in skiing areas, flying back to the UK, loss or theft of belongings.

Nor does it apply to cruise services. Therefore, it is important to take out both an EHIC and a personal insurance prior to your trip. However, some insurance companies now require you to own an EHIC and many will forego the deductible if you do. For those traveling exclusively for the purposes of health care, please see the section on finding health care in Europe.

Can anyone request an EHIC exhibited in the UK? Eligibility for an EHIC is granted on the basis of EU insurance cover and not on the basis of a person's citizenship. United Kingdom health care is a residence-based system, which means that in general insuranceability is defined by residence and not by the past or present social security contribution or UK tax payments.

An EHIC awarded by the United Kingdom is probably valid under EU legislation if you are habitually resident in the United Kingdom and are not covered by insurance in another EEA State. You may be eligible for an EHIC in the UK in certain situations even though you live in another EEA state.

When you are covered in another EEA member state but reside in the United Kingdom, you are not eligible for an EHIC in the United Kingdom. They should apply to the competent authorities of the countries in which they are covered and apply for an EHIC. Important: If your situation changes, you may forfeit your right to an EHIC exhibited in the United Kingdom.

When you use your EHIC abroad, you may be held responsible for the full costs of the EHIC you receive. If you move abroad, work abroad or reside in a different country, you may forfeit your right to an EHIC in the UK. Each member of the EHIC needs an EHIC. EHICs must first be entered with their own data and request extra tickets if requested.

NI temporary numbers cannot be used to request an EHIC. As a rule, your card will be received within 7 workingdays when you log in via the EHIC website. Students who plan to go to another EEA member state or Switzerland must submit an application for a temporary EHIC (a students' EHIC).

It is not possible to request this kind of EHIC on-line. Where you or a member of your immediate family are not EEA or Switzerland nationals, you must produce further proof that you are entitled. An EHIC request document (PDF, 756kb) must be completed, a copy of your UK resident status or visas attached and submitted:

EHICs from the UK are valid if you reside in another EEA member state or in Switzerland and if any of the following conditions are met: It is not possible to submit an EHIC application for a UK exhibition on-line. See Relocation abroad for more information or call the EHIC request on 0300 330 1350.

EHICs in the UK should be checked to see if you are entitled to an EHIC in the UK where you currently live. Inhabitants of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not entitled to an EHIC. Can I extend an EHIC for myself or a member of my immediate household?

EHIC is up to 5 years old. Before traveling, make sure that your EHIC is still in effect. An EHIC can be extended up to 6 month before the expiration date, but any remaining date on the card will not be added to your new card. Renewal of your card is free - if you are based in the UK, you can extend your EHIC on-line if none of your particulars have altered.

Where you or a member of your immediate family are not EEA or Switzerland nationals, you must produce further proof that you are entitled. An EHIC request document (PDF, 756kb) must be completed, a copy of your UK resident status or visas attached and submitted: In case you are living abroad and you: you must submit an EHIC renewal request by calling Overseas Healthcare Services:

When you need to update some, but not all, EHICs in your home you will need to fill in the data of all members of your home card set, even those who still have them. When you need to change your personally identifiable information, you can only extend your EHIC on-line if you have your EHIC card's unique identifier (PIN).

It' a good credential at your fingertips and makes it easy for the EHIC staff to find your data in the system. Some of your information may have undergone changes since your card was created but you do not have a personal identification number (PIN), so you may not be able to extend your card on-line.

EHIC cards can be renewed on-line - just fill in all your data. If you have a personal identification number, you can only extend your subscription on-line. In case you do not have a personal identification number, please call the applications line at 0300 330 1350 to replace your card. You can extend your card on-line if none of your other information has altered or if you have previously notified the EHIC staff of your changes of adress.

Should you not be sure whether you have notified the EHIC staff of any changes or whether there have been any other changes to your data, please call the Helpdesk at 0300 330 1350. Which is and which is not EHIC-included? EHIC is not an option to take out insurance. There are no personal health services or expenses, such as rescuing people in skiing areas, returning to the UK, treating them on a cruise, or recovering or stealing them.

Therefore, it is important to have both an EHIC and a current personal insurance. However, some insurance companies now require you to own an EHIC and many will forego the deductible if you do. EHIC will not pay your health care costs if you go abroad specifically for your treatments (including birth).

It is possible that you may not be able to use the card in some parts of the EEA because government health services may not be available. With the card, you have the right to receive state health care during a stay at a lower rate or, in many cases, free of charges. Part of this is also the care of a chronical or already existent illness, which becomes necessary during your stay.

Should the delivery take place suddenly, however, the EHIC will pay for the entire costs of providing maternal and infant health care in connection with the delivery. EHIC provides the supply of oxigen and renal Dialysis, although you must organize and advance reserve these procedures before your departure. However, you can ask your family doctor or your local health care institution for help, but make sure you are not registered with a privately owned health care company as they are not EHIC-accredited.

This card also includes regular health services for those with pre-existing illnesses who need to be monitored. Do I have insurance abroad, even if I don't have my EHIC with me? You can obtain a temporary replacement certificate (PRC) to demonstrate your eligibility for the EHIC if you are travelling to Europe without an EHIC but need healthcare during your outreach.

PRC offers you the same coverage as an EHIC until you get back home. If my EHIC is missing or theft occurs, what happens? When you need to replenish a missing or stole EHIC, you should call the Helpdesk at 0300 330 1350, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you know your full name, your UK postal code, your date of delivery and your EHIC identifier (PIN), you will need to do this. When you are in an EEA or Switzerland and need healthcare but your card has been confiscated or misplaced, you must request a provisional replacement certificate (PRC).

As a result, you have the same coverage as with an EHIC until you go home. Just call the Overseas Medical Team at +44 (0)191 218 1999, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Their EHIC gives you the right to receive state health care that becomes necessary during your journey and you will be dealt with on the same footing as a citizen of the land you are attending.

They may be required by you or your insurance provider when requesting a reimbursement. Please refer to the Overseas Healthcare Team in the Department of Work and Pensions for further information:

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