European Health Insurance Card

EHIC entitles UK residents travelling in Europe to free, or reduced-cost, state-provided medical care in these European countries:

European health card

Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany

Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg

Malta
The Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

The card’s free and it’s easy to apply, just remember it might take a week or more to arrive in the post.

Apply for a card from the UK (English)
Apply for a card from France (French)
Apply for a card from Belgium (Dutch)

Please note:

  • EHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance.
  • You are advised to take out comprehensive private travel insurance for visits to all countries, regardless of whether you are covered by your EHIC.
  • The E111 form is not valid and has been replaced by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
  • You will need a EHIC to receive necessary healthcare during a visit to a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.
  • The EHIC is free of charge.
  • The EHIC can be used to cover any necessary medical treatment due to either an accident or illness within the European Economic Area (EEA).
  • The EHIC entitles the holder to state-provided medical treatment within the country they are visiting.
  • The service provided will be the same as that received by a person covered by the country's 'insured' medical scheme.
  • Private travel insurance will cover any contribution which is not reimbursable, as well as other eventualities not covered by the EHIC.
  • The EHIC won't cover you if getting planned medical treatment is the main purpose of your trip.