If you need a European Health Insurance Card renewal then the process is very simple! In fact, the EHIC Renewal process is exactly the same as the initial EHIC application steps. The only difference is you will need to supply one additional piece of information: your EHIC Pin Number.
How to do EHIC Card Renewals Online?
Your EHIC Card renewal can be done online. Simple fill out your personal details just as before and once you have sent off the application and it has been processed you should receive your European Health Insurance Card (formerly e111 card), within 10 working days.One extra piece of information you will need to fill out however on the EHIC form is your EHIC Pin Number! Your EHIC Pin begins with UK followed by 8 digits, and is found to the right of your birth date on your current EHIC Card.When completing the EHIC application form you will need to provide your EHIC Pin in order for your European Health Insurance Card renewal to be processed.
What If I Don't Know My EHIC PIN Number?
If you have a lost EHIC card then of course in that instance it is more than likely you will not know your EHIC PIN, and in that case you will need to contact the NHS helpline number to assist you with getting your EHIC renewal.
Why Should I Renew EHIC Cards?
If you want continued cover by the EHIC during your travels then it is important to always make sure you are carrying a valid European Health Insurance Card. Each family member needs their own EHIC card so be sure to double check they are all valid before you travel to countries that accept the EHIC card.You can apply for your European Health Insurance Card renewal up to six months before it's expiry. When you use our review and submit service on our website, we automatically alert you 6 months before your EHIC card expires so that you can ensure you are always covered.
What Coverage Does My EHIC Renewal Provide?
When you renew your EHIC card you simply extend your coverage during your travels. However, it is important to remember that your European Health Insurance Card should not be seen as a replacement for Travel Insurance. Travel Insurance is a more comprehensive form of coverage and your EHIC card simply gives you the same treatment rights as local residents of the country you are holidaying to. This can therefore help keep your medical bills to a minimum. However, keep in mind the EHIC card does not cover things like dental treatments which are not seen as needing immediate attention as they can be treated when you arrive back to your home country.You European Health Insurance Card is valid for 5 years from the date is was issued.
How Long Will My European Health Insurance Card Renewal Take?
Typically, you can expect your European Health Insurance Card renewal to be processed and sent to you within 10 working days. However, if you are due to travel and need it sooner then you can contact the NHS helpline for assistance.