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 the 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.