EHIC Renewal Card Application Process
EHIC cards were first introduced to give UK citizens the right to access state-provided healthcare when making a short visit to another European country. Without it, a UK citizen could be returning to the UK with a very large bill for necessary healthcare overseas! Applying for your EHIC card or carrying out an EHIC renewal is simple, provided you have documentation on hand to cover any personal or payment details that you need and we’re here to help you along the way.
As you’ll see from the information below, it’s crucial that all the information you submit for your European Health Insurance Card application is entirely correct. As a result, our EHIC renewal staff will not only submit your application but check and verify it before submission to the NHS on your behalf. If we spot any errors with your application, we’ll contact you straight away to let you know, so that we can remedy the EHIC renewal immediately and get your application processed by the NHS as quickly as possible. It’s a premium service, and you’ll be impressed by the simplicity of ordering your EHIC Card Renewal.
Below, we’ve listed all of the European countries in which your renewed EHIC card will be valid.
Where your EHIC Card is valid:
What Is The European Health Insurance Card Scheme For?
When the Reciprocal Agreement for healthcare across Europe was first introduced in 2006, you had to fill in an EHIC form to receive your European health card. This kind of application could quickly become time-consuming and often required a longer waiting period before you received your card which, as we all know, is quite a stressful situation when waiting to go on holiday. Thankfully, times have changed and the best way to apply for an EHIC or EHIC renewal is online. No more paper forms to carry about – just a small plastic card to take with you when you travel outside of Great Britain. All you have to do is show your European Health Insurance card renewal whenever you need healthcare abroad. It’s quick and easy to apply with our help and you’ll usually have your card within a fortnight – in fact, it’s often a lot sooner than that.
Do I Still Need Travel Insurance As Well As An EHIC Card?
While an EHIC is advised when travelling abroad, an EU health card is not the same as full travel insurance. If you require airlifting back to the UK, cover for stolen or lost possessions or a service such as a mountain rescue, the EHIC will not pay for or cover these services. It also won’t be valid when giving birth or for treatments if it appears that you have travelled for this purpose. You may also be subject to a charge in some countries that require co-payment.
For this reason, it’s still very important for you to purchase travel insurance as well as organising your EHIC Renewal. You may even find that your travel insurance provider demands that you have a European health insurance card before providing you with cover, making it even more important that your application is submitted quickly and accurately through a company who understands the EHIC Applications UK process.
Who Can We Help With Applying For A European Health Card?
Anyone who is registered as a resident in Great Britain can apply for a European Health Insurance Card through our EHIC Applications UK process. The NHS will then check eligibility based on the information you provide, so it’s important to give as much information as you can and ensure that it is fully accurate.
An NHS number (Called a CHI number in Scotland, or Health & Care Number in Northern Ireland) and National Insurance card are the two main forms of identification which will be requested. If you’re worried you might not have some of these documents, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to advise on any alternatives. Our specialist knowledge and experience provides us with an understanding of the EHIC Renewal application and is, therefore, a great reason to submit your application through us today.
If you’re not a British citizen, don’t worry – other forms of evidence will be accepted as proof that you’re currently residing in the UK. You’ll commonly be asked for a visa, a letter from the Home Office, an A1/E101 or S1 document, or even just a letter from your current employer.
Every individual travelling to Europe in any one group will require their own European Health Card. All children will also require their own, though any applicants under the age of 16 will need a parent or a guardian to submit their application on their behalf.
How Long Is My EHIC Renewal Valid For?
From the date of issue, your EHIC card will be valid for five years. You can start the renewal process six months before your old European Health Insurance Card renewal is due to expire and we will be able to help you every step of the way.
If your EHIC is due to run out soon, it may be worth renewing even if you are due to return home before its expiry date. In the case of an emergency abroad, it’s always better to be safe and ensure you are covered.
How Do I Apply For EHIC Card Renewal?
To apply for an EHIC card renewal, all you have to do is fill in the application form above. Please ensure that you keep all of the details as accurate and truthful as possible in order to ensure your EHIC card is valid for you. If you are under 16 or have an under-16 individual in your care, you will need to submit their application on their behalf. The EHIC was introduced to replace the e111, so it is important to renew this if you want to be covered for your trip abroad.
Don’t gamble with your health care choices when abroad – trust our EHIC Applications UK team to check and place your application for an EHIC card renewal today. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to help you and answer any questions you may have. Either contact us via the contact form on our website or the post or email us for a fast response.
EHIC Application UK’s experienced UK based staff understand how important it is to have the peace of mind that a European Health Insurance Card Renewal can bring when you leave Great Britain for your trip abroad. Our comprehensive service will provide that reassurance for you.
What Does The EHIC cover?
A European Health Insurance Card will cover you in the event of an accidental injury or illness which requires medical attention when you are located in one of the countries listed above. If you require to see a doctor, nurse or other medical professional while you are on holiday, travelling or on a business trip due to an unexpected emergency, then your EHIC may be able to cover you for the full cost or partial costs of any treatment required. This is entirely dependent on the country in which you are located in.
The EHIC will provide you with the benefit of being treated as a resident of that country, which will provide you with access to the same public medical facilities for the same cost. It is important to be aware that this does not mean that all healthcare is free – this is only in the event that residents receive free public healthcare (such as in the UK).
Private hospitals and some trips such as in an ambulance or emergency helicopter transport are not always covered by the European Health Insurance Card, which is why it is also important to ensure that you have the most appropriate form of travel insurance for your trip.
What Impact Does Brexit Have On The EHIC?
As negotiations remain underway between Britain and the European Union, it is unclear on what impact Brexit may have on the European Health Insurance Card. If the two parties are able to reach an agreement before deadline day on the 29th of March, then it is agreed that EU law will continue to be in place during a transitional period up until 31 December 2020.
In this case, British citizens will still be able to use their EHIC cards and continue to renew them until further notice. However, if no deal is agreed, then the future of the European Health Insurance Card is unclear. It may be that Britain needs to agree on individual deals with each EU country in order for British citizens to continue to use their EHIC in these countries.
Who Can Apply For An EHIC?
In order to apply for a European Health Insurance Card or EHIC renewal, you must be over the age of 16. You must also be a resident of the UK – although individuals from the Channel Islands and the Isle Of Man are not eligible to apply. If you have a child under the age of 16, you may apply for an EHIC on their behalf. It is important to note that your children will not be covered under your card and each individual travelling must have their own.
Will My EHIC Cover Me If I Want To Work In Europe?
The EHIC will only cover you to work in Europe if you are working for a British company and have been relocated to work in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or in Switzerland. The card will also cover you if you are self-employed and the card will also cover any dependents at this time. However, if you are being employed by a foreign company, your EHIC will not cover you in the event of a medical emergency.
What Do I Need To Apply For An EHIC?
Applying for an EHIC is simple. All you need to include is:
* Your National Insurance Number or NHS Number
* First Name
* Surname (Family Name)
* Date Of Birth
You are able to apply for more than one individual on a single EHIC application and may be eligible to apply for your partner and any dependents under the age of 19 who are still in full-time education.
What If My EHIC Is Lost Or Stolen?
If your EHIC card is lost or stolen, you are able to fill in our application form to carry out an EHIC renewal. This will cancel your previous card and will provide you with a brand new one, which will arrive in the post within approximately 7 days of submission. However, if you have lost or stolen your EHIC whilst abroad and require medical attention, then you may apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC). This certificate can be applied for by you or by someone on your behalf and will provide you with the same level of cover as your EHIC would, up until you return home. You are able to call up the Overseas Healthcare team to apply for one of these certificates while you are away.