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:

 

Apply for European Health Insurance Card in your country:

Austria

http://www.chipkarte.at/

Belgium

La carte européenne d’assurance maladie (CEAM)

De Europese ziekteverzekeringskaart (EZVK)

Bulgaria

Национална здравноосигурителна каса (Information for persons insured in Bulgaria – in Bulgarian)

Croatia

Hrvatski zavod za zdravstveno osiguranje

Cyprus

Η Ευρωπαϊκή Κάρτα Ασφάλισης Ασθένειας

Εντυπο αιτησησ εκαα

Apply for the European Health Insurance Card (in English)

Czech Republic

Kancelář zdravotního pojištění (Health Insurance Bureau)

Seznam zdravotních pojišťoven (List of insurance providers in the Czech Republic – in Czech)

Denmark

Bestil EU-sygesikringskort (Det blå sygesikringskort)

Estonia

Kuidas kaarti taotleda? 

European Health Insurance Card

Finland

Tietoa Suomessa vakuutetuille henkilöille (suomeksi)

Hae Eurooppalainen sairaanhoitokortti

France

Informations pour les personnes assurées en France (en français)

Germany

Die Europäische Krankenversicherungskarte

Versicherungsschutz im Ausland

Greece

Πληροφορίες για την περίθαλψή σας πριν ταξιδέψετε στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

Hungary

Információk a Magyarországon biztosítottak számára

Iceland

Evrópska sjúkratryggingakortið

Applying for the European Health Insurance card (in Icelandic)

Applying for the European Health Insurance card (in English)

Ireland

Information for persons insured in Ireland (in English)

Italy

Informazioni per le persone assicurate in Italia (in italiano)

Latvia

Nacionālais veselības dienests

Liechstenstein

Amt fur Gesundheit (National Office of Health)

Lithuania

Valstybinė ligonių kasa prie Sveikatos apsaugos ministerijos

Luxembourg

Commande d’une carte européenne d’assurance maladie

Malta

Applying for an EHIC

Netherlands

Aanvraagformulier Europese Zorgverzekeringskaart

Norway

800HELSE

Poland

Europejska Karta Ubezpieczenia Zdrowotnego

Portugal

Cartão Europeu de Seguro de Doença

Romania

Modalitățile de eliberare și utilizare a Cardului European

Casa Naţională de Asigurări de Sănătate

Slovakia

Information for persons insured in Slovakia (in Slovak)

Slovenia

Naročanje listin za tujino (evropske kartice zdravstvenega zavarovanja in konvencijskega potrdila)

Information for persons insured in Slovenia (in English)

Spain

Solicitud Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea (TSE)

Seguridad Social: Desplazamientos por Europa –  Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea (TSE)

Sweden

Information för dig som är försäkrad i Sverige (på svenska)

Beställning av Europeiskt sjukförsäkringskort

Switzerland

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 

United Kingdom

Applying for the first time or renewing your European Health Insurance Card

About the EHIC