- Application reviewed & processed
- £19.99 application fee
- EU health cover provided for up to 5 years
- Essential hospital locator tool
The European Health Insurance Card (Replaces E111)
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to access state-provided healthcare in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge.
E111 forms have been invalid since January 2006. Holders of E111 forms should apply immediately for the EHIC to maintain the level of cover provided by the scheme.
Everyone who is a resident in the UK should have the European Health Insurance Card and carry it with them when they travel abroad. Please remember to check your card is still valid before you travel. Applying for the card directly from the NHS is free and it is valid for up to five years. The application checking services available from the Post Office and this web site incur a small administrative charge.
On this website you will find a list of countries that participate in the EU health card scheme. All of the countries within the EEA (European Economic Area) recognise the EHIC, and reciprocal health care arrangements exist in a number of other countries including Switzerland.
It is important that you carry your EHIC with you at all times during your holiday. In most hospitals and general practices, the medical staff will ask you to present the card prior to being treated.
- Official NHS Website
- Automated telephone ordering system available on 08456062030 (costs may vary)
- Download postal application form
You should carry any prescription medication in its original packaging within your hand-luggage.
Generally, you do not need any vaccinations to travel within the EU.
There are strict rules on water quality throughout the EU. Whilst it is generally safe to drink in most EU countries, stick to bottled water in the more remote parts such as Sicily, Sardinia and Eastern Europe.
If you are worried about suffering from jet-lag, avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks on the plane journey.
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It is estimated that less than half of UK residents have their EHIC. Make sure you get yours. Health professionals abroad will often ask you to present your EHIC prior to giving any treatment.
Where can I use the EHIC?
The EHIC is only valid when you temporarily visit a country in the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland, for example on a holiday or a business trip.
Different rules apply when moving abroad to live, work or study.
What treatment does the EHIC cover?
The EHIC entitles you to state- provided medical treatment at reduced cost or occassionally free.
Make sure you have your EHIC with you at all times in case you become ill or have an accident.