European Health Insurance Card – Have You Got Yours?

An EHIC lets you get state healthcare in other EEA countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.

ehicImportant – the European Health Insurance Card:

  • is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property,
  • does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment,
  • does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.

IMPORTANT – EHIC is free. Some services charge to help you apply – these are unnecessary and you don’t need to use them.

To apply, we advise the official website here:

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