Here at EHIC Registration we take the stress and the worry out of applying for an EHIC card for your holidays within the EU. With the spiralling costs of healthcare across the EU it is imperative that people understand the implications of what can happen if an accident or illness would happen abroad and also the importance of having a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Our service assists travellers and customers to understand how the EHIC works and we assist them in making the application and successfully receiving the EHIC card so they can enjoy their holidays with peace of mind knowing the benefits and limitations of the card in hand. Our step by step support throughout the application enables our customers to receive their card in the correct and appropriate manner in line with their own personal needs.
A valid European Health Insurance Card gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.
The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would to a resident of that country, either at a reduced cost or, in many cases, for free.
The EHIC also covers the treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care, provided the reason for your visit is not specifically to give birth or seek treatment. For more information about what is covered in each country, see the NHS country-by-country guide.
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. It is also not valid on cruises.
It is therefore important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy in place before you travel. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.