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Information on the European Health Insurance Card

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The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the old E111 in 2006.

Your EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you're not going abroad to give birth.

The EHIC is valid in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland.
You can apply for a free EHIC online here

The EHIC is entirely free of charge. However, other unofficial websites may charge you if you apply through them.

If you're having difficulties with the online application form, you want to update your personal details or  replace a lost or stolen card, call the automated EHIC application service on 0300 3301350.  

If you have any questions about the European Health Insurance Card then the section below may provide the answers. However, if you still have further questions then you should contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on 0191 218 1999. If calling from abroad ring 00 44 191 218 1999.

Is There A Charge For An EHIC?

You can apply for the card free of charge via the official EHIC online application form here. Other unofficial websites may charge you if you apply through them.

I Have Travel Insurance, Why Do I Need An EHIC?

The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property. Therefore, it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC and many will waive the excess if you have one

Where Can I Use The EHIC

The EHIC is valid in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries. The EEA is a free trade zone between countries of the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. The regulations on access to healthcare in the EEA also apply in Switzerland.

Who Can Apply For An EHIC?

Any person who is ordinarily resident in the UK, and is of British, other EU/EEA or Swiss nationality, is eligible for an EHIC. You can apply online and free of charge via the official EHIC application form here.

If your nationality is not one of those mentioned above you’ll have to provide evidence that you are ordinarily resident in the UK. Proof of entitlement could be your visa, a letter from the Home Office, a letter from your employer or an approved A1, S1, E101, E106 or E109 form. You cannot apply online.

Complete the EHIC application form (PDF, 122kb) and post it to:

NHS Business Services Authority
European Health Insurance Card
EHIC applications
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 6SN

For more information about what ordinarily resident means, visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.

You must be over 16 years of age in order to apply yourself.

Residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not eligible.

How Do I Apply For An EHIC?

Applying for an EHIC is free of charge. You can apply for your EHIC online here, however, other unofficial websites may charge you if you apply through them.

You can also apply by phoning the automated service on 0300 3301350 or you can download an application form (PDF, 122kb) and return it to the NHS Business Services Authority, which processes all applications.

NHS Business Services Authority
European Health Insurance Card
EHIC applications
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 6SN

Note: You cannot use this application form if you live outside the UK. Residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not eligible for an EHIC.

You can apply for yourself or on behalf of your partner and any dependent children in full-time education under the age of 19. If you are under 16 a parent or guardian will need to apply for you. Boarding school teaching staff can apply on behalf of any children in their care.

Each person you apply for will need to give their:

full name

date of birth

National Insurance or NHS number (CHI number in Scotland or Health and Care Number in Northern Ireland)

However, temporary National Insurance numbers are not valid. A temporary National Insurance number uses the prefix 'TN', the date of birth and M or F to denote gender (for example TN131160M). These are no longer accepted and cannot be used to apply for an EHIC.

Your card will normally arrive within seven days if you apply using the official process.

Will My Partner And Child Need Separate Cards?

Yes. Every family member requires a card.

How Do I Get An EHIC For My Child?

You should apply for an EHIC in your name and include your child as your dependant. You will each receive your own EHIC. You can apply for the card free of charge on the official EHIC online application route here. Other unofficial websites may charge you if you apply through them. Alternatively, you can apply by calling 0300 3301350.

Am I Covered Abroad If I Do Not Have My Card With Me?

Yes. You are covered for travel from the date of application (if you made your application via our telephone application line or online).

If you travel and you do not have your card with you, and treatment becomes medically necessary during your visit, you may be issued with a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) to prove your entitlement to the EHIC. This will be sent directly to the place of treatment.

To apply, call the Overseas Healthcare Team on 00 44 191 218 1999 (Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm). It's a good idea to save this number in your phone.

To get a PRC, you will need to provide your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance or NHS number (CHI number in Scotland or Health and Care Number in Northern Ireland).

Accessing Healthcare In Cyprus

You will be treated on the same basis as a resident of Cyprus. Remember, each country’s health system is different and might not include all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the NHS. This may mean that you have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care. You may be able to seek reimbursement for this when you are back in the UK.

It is important that you ensure that you are treated by a state healthcare provider as you will not be covered for private healthcare. You should be particularly careful if the healthcare arrangements have been made by a hotel or travel representative. Any costs incurred for private healthcare are non-refundable.

The public heath sector system consists of eight hospitals and a number of primary health care centres around the country. The hospitals offer services for primary, secondary and tertiary care. One of the hospitals in capital of Cyprus Nicosia, is specialised in services for mother and child, whereas the other hospital in Nicosia is being used as a referral hospital for very serious healthcare problem.

Neither your EHIC, E106 or E121 form is valid in the areas of the Republic of Cyprus in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (the northern part of Cyprus).  You are strongly advised to take out private health insurance before travelling to this part of the country.

Non EEA nationals are covered for emergency treatment only and you will have to pay for in patient treatment.
Source NHS

Last Updated 02 January 2015

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