EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)
The EHIC entitles you to reduced cost (or sometimes free) healthcare where treatment becomes necessary during a temporary visit to countries of the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
The card is only valid for treatment offered under the state healthcare schemes operating in these countries; it gives you access to treatment under the same terms as people who live in the country you are visiting. The EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance.
Since it may not cover all health costs and never covers repatriation costs, you are advised to take out a travel insurance policy in addition to the EHIC. Travel insurance provides cover for many other aspects over and above emergency medical, including cover for personal liability, baggage, missed departure etc.
It is strongly advised that you take this and your travel insurance information with you when you travel, as both tell you what to do if treatment does become necessary during your trip.
Further information, including the application process and a full list of countries covered along with details of their ‘health systems’ can be found online using the below links:
Travel and Private Health Insurance Claims Advice
We would also recommend that you check up to date foreign travel advice issued by the Foreign & Common Wealth Office. This gives you advice on issues such as safety and security, terrorism, local law and customs, entry requirements, health, natural disasters and money.
Further information is available online using the below link:
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