What about EHIC for Children?
Should your children be travelling abroad with you, they will need their own EHIC if they need medical care during the trip. Again, the EU Health Card doesn't cover medical treatment for the sake of medical treatment. It must be a necessary procedure, and not just for the purple of travel.
How to apply for a child EHIC card
If you are traveling in the European Union, the EHIC entitles you to free or reduced cost state provided medical care. The EHIC replaces the E111 card.
Keep in mind the EHIC is not a replacement for standard travel insurance. It does not offer the same coverage and does not cover private medical care. However, it can ensure you will not have to pay large medical bills in an emergency, especially when combined with a good travel insurance policy.
The application process for an EHIC is easy. It can be done online. A card is valid for five years, and then must be renewed again. You must be a UK citizen to apply. An EHIC only covers one person, so each member of the family, including children, will need their own card.
Applying for a European Health Insurance Card
It is possible to submit an application for EHIC cards for your family members, like partner or children. In order to do this, children must be under 16, or if they are full time students then they can be under 19. Every person in the family must have an individual card. So if you need to alter the address, be sure to do so for each person that has been registered when you relocate.
To apply for an EHIC you must be over 16. A parent or caregiver of a child under the age of 16 can apply for that child’s EHIC on their behalf. An adult who is not the parent or caregiver can apply for an EHIC on behalf of a child if they get permission from the parent or caregiver. For example, teaching staff at boarding schools can do this. Only residents of the UK are eligible for EHIC cards.
When applying for a child’s EHIC card, an online application form is required. This includes the parents’ and child’s details like name, date of birth, address, and national insurance number. For renewal, you may need the PIN number.
Remember, your European Health Insurance Card may no longer be accepted as valid should your personal details be out of date.
Applying for a Child’s EHIC Card
When applying for an EHIC for yourself, you can usually add children on the application as dependents. Although you will not have to complete a separate form, your children will receive a separate card.
After your application has been received, you will get a confirmation. You will receive your card after your application has been checked and verified. You should receive your card in about a week in most cases. Be sure to apply in plenty of time if you have a trip scheduled.
Renewing a Child EHIC Card
When renewing a European Health Insurance Card for members of your family, you should ensure that all family members are connected during the process. Therefore, if your kids EU Health Card (EHIC) doesn't need renewing yet, if you are renewing yours, you should update theirs as well.
It is also vital to keep your details updated on your European Health Insurance Card. If you don't, it might not be no longer valid. Say you move for example, and have a change of address, be sure to update the address shown on your European Health Insurance Card. You won't typical required to get a new card issued, but keep in mind you will have to update your children and family's information as well.