If you’re planning to travel to Europe from the UK, whether on holiday with your family, going abroad by yourself to study, or visiting an EU country for work purposes, don’t forget to pack your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you go. This small card can be a big help if you or a loved one happens to sustain an injury in an accident and needs hospital treatment, or if you fall ill and require medical attention during your stay. Formerly known as the E111 card, with the EHIC you’ll be able to get free medical treatment or pay a reduced cost for your care in any one of the European countries that are signed up to the scheme. Applying for an EHIC card using our service is simple and can be completed online in a matter of minutes. We also offer an EHIC renewal service if your present card is about to expire, or has already expired. We also offer a service to switch or renew E111 cards to the newer European Health Insurance Card, or EHIC Card.
Travel With Your EHIC Card Within Europe
Your European Health Insurance Card is valid for five years from the date it is issued, so make sure you always check your EHIC card is still valid before travelling. Of course, you don’t have to wait until your card reaches its expiry date before applying for a new one, as you can use our European health card renewal service to request a replacement card up to six months before your present one runs out. That way, you’ll always be able to travel to EU member states knowing that if you fall ill or need treatment during your stay, you’ll be covered for medical care under the EHIC Card.
How The EHIC Renewal Service Works
Our EHIC renewal service is designed to be quick and easy to use. To apply for an EHIC card, whether this is the first European health card you’re applying for, you’ve lost your E111 card, or your existing one is due for renewal, simply complete the short online European Health Insurance Card Application form on this page and once you’ve checked all your details are correct, including your NHS or NI number, your part is done. One of our trained assessors will then check your European Health Card application to make sure all the required fields are completed and you’ve given us the correct information and apply for a new European health insurance card on your behalf. The advantage of using our service means everything can be done online and you have the assurance of knowing your application has been pre-checked and your new EHIC card can be sent out to you without delay.
Our EHIC Renewal Reminder Service
As well as our efficient review and submission service for your EHIC, we can set up a personal reminder to renew your European Health Insurance card well before it is due to expire in future. This means you’ll never have to be without a valid E111 or EHIC card regardless of when you decide to travel to one of the EU countries covered by the EHIC renewal scheme, whether it’s for a planned family holiday, or you have to travel to the Continent at short notice for business. We’ll monitor the expiry date on your European health card and give you plenty of notice before it’s due to expire to ensure you always have the right level of cover in place and can travel with complete peace of mind.
Your EHIC Card is valid in these countries:
- Czech Republic
- Netherlands (Holland)
Where Your European Health Insurance Card Is Accepted
You can apply for an EHIC as a UK citizen or if you are a citizen of another EU country and are registered here. The EHIC card can only be used by you, the named individual, and won’t cover other family members including your spouse or partner, or your children if one of them falls ill or needs medical care while travelling in the EU. It’s important for each member to make a separate EHIC application for a card of their own. However, if your child is under 16, you can apply for a card on their behalf. The same size as a credit card, your EHIC card renewal can be used in any of the EU member states that recognise the scheme, one of which is the UK.
The benefits of a European health card
If you are injured in an accident while visiting any of the countries listed above, or require medical care, your EHIC card gives you access to the state healthcare system in that country. This includes non EU states such as Norway and Switzerland. Your Eu Health Insurance card does not entitle you to free medical treatment or care in every instance and you may have to pay for some treatments, although this will be at a reduced rate. It’s important to point out that your renewed EHIC should not be used for travelling to an EU country to seek pre-planned care or for a specific purpose, such as giving birth, although emergency treatment or unexpected birth is covered under the scheme. If you are travelling to an EU country and have a pre-existing medical condition, we advise you to check what your EHIC renewal covers you for in that country and, if necessary, take out additional European health insurance.
Applying For An EHIC Renewal
We charge a small fee for our European health insurance card renewal service to cover auditing and submitting your application on your behalf, and to help speed up the process. You can also renew your EHIC for free from the NHS. For more information about the EHIC, please refer to our FAQ section.