Where can you use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) outside of the EU?

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Many people mistakenly think that the EHIC (also known as E111) card can only be used in countries within the European Union (EU). However, the EHIC can be used in all countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, not just the EU.

Here are the countries outside of the EU where you can use your EHIC:

Iceland

With awe-inspiring volcanoes, lagoons and the stunning northern lights to experience, Iceland is a truly enchanting place.

Taking the EHIC with you allows you access to state-provided healthcare at a reduced cost, or in some cases for free. It will cover you for treatment throughout your stay until your planned return journey and includes any pre-existing conditions and routine maternity care.

Liechtenstein

Snuggled between Switzerland and Austria, among rugged mountain ranges that rise above the Rhine, Liechtenstein is where outdoor enthusiasts can truly be in their element.

With the EHIC, you will have access to the same treatment as any resident of Liechtenstein from a state healthcare facility. You may have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care, but with the EHIC card this will be at a reduced cost or, in some cases, free. Pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care are also covered.

Norway

Probably one of the most stunning landscapes in the world with fjords, looming mountain peaks, northern lights and all night sun.

Visiting Norway with your EHIC gives you access to state-provided healthcare for the duration of your stay. It covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care. You may have to pay a small contribution, but the EHIC ensures reduced cost or free treatment.

Switzerland

Breathtaking scenery, delicious chocolate and a buzzing snowsports scene are just some of the reasons why people flock to Switzerland every year. If you’re one of them, your EHIC gives you access to state-provided healthcare in Switzerland at a reduced cost, covering your treatment until you return home. This includes pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care.

Please remember that non-EEA nationals are not covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Wherever you’re travelling, whether it is in the EU or EEA, make sure you take your up to date EHIC to make sure you get the healthcare you’re entitled to.

Photo: Northern Lights, Greenland by nick_russill licensed under Creative commons 2
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