WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD’S VALIDITY?
Although it is not always the case, the European Health Insurance Card typically has a validity of two years. If in doubt, it’s very simple to locate the card’s expiration date (which is frequently on the back side).
The following variables may affect how long the EU health card is valid:
- If the holder is a foreigner residing in the EU, EEA, or Switzerland
- Whether they are currently receiving public benefits
- If they are in economic difficulties
The duration of public health coverage while travelling outside of Europe is unrelated to the validity of the EU Health Insurance Card. Throughout general, three months of guaranteed healthcare coverage when travelling in Europe. There are, however, certain exceptions, including:
- Students completing official courses and programmes abroad
- Workers relocated by their employer for extended periods of time
HOW TO RENEW THE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD
Once the European Health Insurance Card expires, its holder should take steps to renew it if they want to continue enjoying access to the European public healthcare system.
The process to renew the European Health Insurance Card is the same as that to request it for the first time.
CAN BRITS USE THE EHIC AFTER BREXIT?
Since Brexit, the NHS no longer issues European Health Insurance Cards. Brits can use their card in Europe up until it expires, though.
UK citizens can apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) that will give them access to European health care when they go to Europe from the UK after their EHIC card expires.
The GHIC, which is entirely free and effectively replaces the EHIC, enables citizens of the UK to receive care in Europe for both emergencies and pre-existing diseases.
The only time that Brits must submit an application is when their European Health Insurance Card expires. The NHS will continue to accept European Health Insurance Cards as long as they are still valid, under the UK-EU agreement.
Please be aware that even if you have an EHIC, the European Commission and the UK government advise travellers to purchase health insurance in Europe coverage before their trip.