Further details can be found in the 'Living in Europe' section below. If you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment, read the section on seeking medical treatment in Europe. If you already have an EHIC, you must enter your own details first and apply for any additional cards when prompted.
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National Insurance number name address date of birth NHS number if possible the e-mail address for the specific department of the organisation providing your treatment What happens if my EHIC is lost or stolen?
Apply for a free EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)
If you need to replace a lost or stolen EHIC, you should call the enquiry line on hea,th, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. You can renew an EHIC up to six months before the expiry date, but any time left on the card will not be added to your new apppication.
You will need to give the following information for each person you are making an application for:.
Remember to keep all receipts and any paperwork make copies if necessary. If none of your other details have changed or you previously informed the EHIC team of your change of address, you can renew your card online.
A warning message will be displayed for those whose cards cannot alplication renewed, and only those cards that have expired or are due to expire will be renewed this time.
If you are under the age of 16, a parent or guardian will need to apply for you. Apply for your EHIC now. Read more about planned treatment abroad.
If you need it outside opening hours, you should call as soon as possible the next working day. You may not be able to use the card in some parts of the EEA, as state-provided healthcare may not be available.
It is a good reference number to have at hand, and makes it easier for the EHIC team to find your details on the system. The UK operates a residency-based healthcare system, which means that insurability is generally determined by residency and not by the past or present payment of National Insurance contributions or UK taxes.
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Furopean 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. The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home. It is also not valid on cruises. You can renew your EHIC card online — enter all of your details. Someone else can also do applicatio on your behalf. If you then use your EHIC abroad, you may be liable for the full cost of treatment received.
Your EHIC provides you with the right to access state-provided healthcare heapth becomes necessary during your trip, and you will be treated on the same basis as a resident of the country you are visiting.
It is therefore important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy in place before you travel.
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The card also covers routine medical care for people with pre-existing conditions that need monitoring. You can only renew online if you have a PIN. 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.
Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one. You or your insurance company may need them if you're applying for a refund.
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If you are unsure whether you firm informed the EHIC team of any changes or there have been any other changes to your details, contact the enquiry line on Your card will normally arrive within seven days if you apply using the official EHIC website.
Alternatively, you can email nhsbsa.
If you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment, read the section on seeking medical treatment in Europe. This is free of charge.
Hralth EHIC is valid for up to five years. Renewing your card is free — if you are a UK resident, you can renew your EHIC online if none of your personal details have changed. My name has changed You can only renew online if you have a PIN.