The E111 renewal form used to be the way that people in the UK could prove that they were citizens of a European country if ever they needed to receive medical treatment while abroad. If a UK citizen travelled to a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and needed to receive medical help while there, they could simply show their E111 card renewal and receive free treatment, or a receipt that could be used to claim their money back from the NHS when they got home.
From 1st January 2006, the E111 was changed slightly and is now called an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).
Changes to the rules mean that if you travel to an EEA country you can receive treatment as if you were a resident of that country. That might mean that you have to pay some money upfront – a contribution to your healthcare similar to a contribution you might pay in the UK for prescriptions or dental care. This is called a ‘co-payment’ and you cannot claim a refund of that co-payment when you return to the UK. However, by producing your EHIC you will be charged far, far less than if you did not, because without it you would be regarded as a non-EEA citizen and accordingly would have to pay full price. Your EHIC can, therefore, save you thousands of pounds and it is vital that you take it with you when you travel.
The EHIC will not cover any private medical care treatment and will not cover any medical costs incurred on cruises.
If you still have an E111 card renewal it will no longer be valid and you will need to apply instead for a new EHIC card. If you already have an EHIC but just refer to it as an E111 card, check the expiry date on your E111 card well before you travel to ensure that it is still valid for your trip. An EHIC is only valid for five years before you will need to get a renewal.
It is quick and easy to apply for an E111 renewal (in the form of an EHIC renewal). You can renew your E111 card (EHIC card) at any time in the six months before it is due to expire. Any time you have left on your existing EHIC will not be added to your new one, so will effectively be lost. When renewing your E111 card you should, therefore, strike a balance between applying close to its expiry date and leaving ample time to ensure you receive your new card before you travel.
Renewing your E111 card
This can be done online if your details (such as your name and address) have not changed since you last applied. You will need a PIN, which can be found on your EU Health Card. If you still have an old E111 form, you will not have a PIN and you will have to apply for your first EHIC card by way of a fresh application, rather than renewal.
If you do not have a PIN (or an existing EHIC) you will have to apply by telephone or post.
You can apply to renew your own EHIC or E111 at any time during the six months before it expires. Any unused time will not be added to your new card – your new card will still last for five years. For instance, if you were to apply, say, four months before your E111 renewal date, your new EHIC renewal will commence on that date and last for five years, not five years and four months.
How to renew the E111 card for families
Previously, under the E111 card renewal, all family members were covered under one form. Under the new EHIC renewal system, each member of your family will need their own EHIC, even your children.
When renewing your E111 card (EHIC) you should fill in details for all of your family members, even if some of them do not need to renew their E111 card at the same time – this is because family members are linked through the EHIC card renewal system. Only the e111 cards of those family members whose cards are due for renewal will actually be renewed when you do this.
You can renew your E111 card online if you have your PIN, which is on your existing EHIC card (but will not be found on your old E111 form). If you do not have a PIN, or if your details have changed since your last application, you will need to apply by telephone or post.
To renew your E111 card to make it valid for a planned trip, apply in good time and ensure that you take your new EHIC renewal with you when you travel. You should also take out travel insurance, as your EHIC will not cover private healthcare treatment (which often includes ambulance travel) or other costs such as theft or loss of luggage.
What to expect from the E111 renewal process
In order to ensure that the entire process is as smooth as possible for you, we make our application process simple. All you have to do is fill in the personal information detailed in the application form and submit. We will check over the application for you, once submitted, in order to discover any inaccuracies that may have occurred. Once we’re happy that the application is perfect, we will send your E111 card out to you.
What is the difference between the EHIC & E111?
The E111 was traditionally a medical form filled out by tourists travelling to EEA countries. The European Health Insurance Card replaced the E111 in order to further streamline the process. Alongside the E111, the EHIC also replaced other medical forms including the E110 (for international road hauliers), E119 (for unemployed people) and E128 (for students/employees in another member state). The European Health Insurance Card allowed ease of travel based on legal residence, not citizenship, throughout most European countries.
What doesn’t the E111 card cover?
While the E111 card, or EHIC, is highly advantageous for many individuals travelling across the 28 EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, there are some restrictions on how this card can be used. For example, the E111 will not cover any private healthcare or any lost or stolen property which is why it is important to ensure that you still have some form of travel insurance. In addition to this, the E111 card will not cover you in the event that you have travelled to a country for the sole purpose of having some form of medical treatment or procedure performed in that country. Further to this, the E111 will only provide you with the same level of healthcare as provided to citizens of that country. This means that it will not guarantee you free healthcare.
How does the E111 application service work?
It can sometimes be confusing for those who are applying for an E111 card to ensure that their forms are entirely accurate. We offer a proofing service which means we will review each application to ensure that it is completely accurate. While we are unable to provide you with a guarantee that your application will be successful, we can provide you with a helping hand to lead you towards that result. We are also available to answer any questions or queries that you may have regarding the E111 or EHIC card. For any further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, today.