EHIC stands for European Health Insurance Card and is the document you need to get the necessary health care cover when traveling in qualifying countries of Europe.
Having an EHIC card will give you significantly lower cost or even free, medical treatment or care in any of the EEA countries listed below. Your EHIC card will allow you to receive the necessary treatment and remain in the country until your return date.
Each family member will need to have their own individual EHIC card. You can apply for an EHIC card for free and it will remain valid for 5 years, however those that want a hassle-free approach can use organisations that will handle the EHIC application on their behalf.
You may also apply for a European Health Insurance Card for your spouse or children under the age of 16. A parent can also apply on behalf of full time students if they are under 19.
Your EHIC card is not to be viewed as a travel insurance substitute. This is because your European Health Insurance Card sometimes doesn't completely cover needed medical treatment costs. There are also some European countries that are not covered by your EHIC card, so if you are traveling through multiple countries, travel insurance is a smart choice.
Travel insurance would cover other things that the EHIC does not. These include things like your flight back into the United Kingdom, and emergency rescues.
Since a European Health Insurance Card can be acquired easily, anyone planning to travel through European countries needs to check before they leave that they have a valid EHIC card.
If your existing EHIC card is due to expire, then you will want to ensure that it is renewed prior to your travels. To do this you will need to complete an application to have your card renewed, otherwise you will not be covered.
You can renew your EHIC card in a few different ways as outlined below:
Feel free to contact us for assistance with your EHIC renewal through our review and submit service.
If your EHIC is ever lost or expires, we can order a new one. With our support service, you can be assured that your application is in good hands. We also send you reminders when your EHIC card is due for renewal. That way, you’ll never let your card lapse and you’ll always be covered.