European Health Insurance Card
European Health Insurance Card is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.
Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider. It is important to note that European Health Insurance Card:
- is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property;
- does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment;
- does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.
You obtain a card by contacting the health insurance institution where you are insured and which is therefore responsible for assuming your healthcare costs. See the list below.
To be eligible for a card, you must be insured by or covered by a state social security system in any EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Each separate member of a family travelling should have their own card.
People from non-EU countries, who are legally residing in the EU and are covered by a state social security scheme, are also eligible for a card. However, nationals from non-EU countries cannot use their EHIC for medical treatment in Denmark, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
European Health Insurance Card expiry date – this varies from one country to another and is best to check when you contact your local health authority to obtain the card.
You can also download an application to have informationa available at your phone:
- Apple Apps
- Google Play
- Windows Phone
Apply for European Health Insurance Card in your country:
Seznam zdravotních pojišťoven (List of insurance providers in the Czech Republic – in Czech)
Hae Eurooppalainen sairaanhoitokortti
Információk a Magyarországon biztosítottak számára
Commande d’une carte européenne d’assurance maladie
Information för dig som är försäkrad i Sverige (på svenska)
Beställning av Europeiskt sjukförsäkringskort
Couverture d’assurance en cas de séjour temporaire (vacances, voyage d’affaires, séjour linguistique) dans un Etat de la CE/AELE
Krankenversicherungsschutz bei vorübergehendem Aufenthalt (Ferien, Geschäftsreise, Sprachaufenthalt) in einem EG-/EFTA-Staat
Protezione assicurativa contro la malattia et l’infortunio in caso di soggiorno temporaneo (vacanze, viaggio d’affari, soggiorno linguistico) in uno Stato della CE o dell’AELS