The quickest way is to apply online. Your EHIC will normally arrive within 7 days and will usually be valid for 5 years.
No. EHICs are free. Beware of unofficial websites that may charge you to apply.
Yes. You can use the same EHIC application to apply for cards for:
You'll need to provide these details for each person:
If you're under 16, your parent or guardian will need to apply for you.
You can use your EHIC when you visit a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, such as on a holiday or business trip.
The EHIC covers:
The EHIC does not cover private medical treatment.
Many countries expect patients to contribute towards the cost of their treatment. The EHIC allows you to access healthcare from state providers on the same basis as a resident of the country you're visiting. This means at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge.
Even with an EHIC, you may have to pay towards your treatment, depending on the rules of the country you're visiting. You may be able to claim the money back – always try to apply for a refund before you return home. Find out how to do this in the country-by-country guide for the EHIC.
Yes. Make sure you have valid travel insurance for your trip. The EHIC will not cover costs such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.
You can renew your EHIC up to 6 months before the expiry date. The quickest way to renew it is online. You can also renew it by phone or post, but this takes longer.