European Health Insurance Card
EHIC entitles UK residents travelling in Europe to free, or reduced-cost, state-provided medical care in these European countries:
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)
- 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- The E111 form is not valid and has been replaced by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).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.