EHIC Renewal & Application
Your EHIC Renewal, Replacement & Application Made Easy!
What is the European Health Insurance Card?
The European Health Insurance Card entitles the holder to get medical treatment provided by state-run institutions when you stay in one of the twenty-eight EU countries. You get healthcare treatment just like any other resident of that country, and at the same cost too.
Please keep in mind that your EHIC Card renewal is not an alternative to travel insurance, so it doesn't cover private healthcare or for things like lost property, emergency travel back home, etc.
The European Health Card will also not cover you for the cost of your treatment if your sole purpose of travelling to that country was to receive the treatment.
Your E111 Card does also not guarantee you will get free treatment. It purely depends upon the healthcare system of the country you are in.
How Long Does E111 Card Cover Me For?
You need to get an EHIC Renewal every five years in order to ensure you are always covered during your travels within the EU. Don’t worry if you lose or misplace it, you can simply get a new one sent to you without issues.
Getting An EHIC Card
As an adult you are able to apply for your EHIC Card yourself, however those less than 16 years will need to get their EHIC with the help of an adult. After they have submitted your details and their own via the application form, the details will be processed and your cards will be issued separately to you. Even though it was a combined application you will still receive separate cards.
What European Countries allow the EHIC Card?
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (Holland), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
I Lost My Pin, Can I Renew My European Health Card?
When it comes to your European Health Insurance Card renewal, you will normally need to provide your EHIC PIN number. This is an eight-digit number that is displayed on your card next to your date of birth. It begins with UK, followed by the eight digits.
Since your EHIC Card is valid for a long period of time, 5 years to be exact, it is not uncommon for people to misplace it or lose it. However, if you can't find your card and hence do not have access to your EHIC PIN then you are still able to renew your card or get a replacement.
If none of your personal details have changed, then you can simply reapply the same way you did originally. Once you have filled in the EHIC application form with your personal details, your new E111 Card will be posted to you typically within 10 working days of submitting your application.
In the case where some of your personal details have changed, for example you may have moved to a different address, and also do not have your EHIC PIN, then you will need to contact the NHS directly for support in order to process your EHIC renewal with your new details.