EHIC/GHIC

A new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) the Government has announced.

Under Britain’s new agreement with the EU, UK residents’ rights to emergency and medically necessary healthcare will continue when travelling in the EU. This includes medically necessary treatment for a pre-existing or chronic condition.

Current EHIC’s are valid as long as they are in date and people can continue to use these when travelling to the EU.

The public only need to apply for their new GHIC when their current EHIC expires. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel.

The new GHIC card is free to obtain from the official GHIC website. People should apply at least two weeks before they plan to travel to ensure their card arrives on time.

If a UK resident is travelling without a card, they are still entitled to necessary healthcare and should contact the NHS Business Services Authority who can arrange for payment should they require treatment when abroad.

On a reciprocal basis EU member states EHICs will continue to be accepted by the NHS.

Alongside the deal with the EU, the UK is open to agreeing further international healthcare arrangements that can support UK residents when they travel.

The Government always advises that anyone travelling overseas, whether to the EU or elsewhere in the world, should take out comprehensive travel insurance.

www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-launches-global-health-insurance-card

www.ghic.co.uk

2nd Floor

102 Blundell Street

London

N7 9BL

 

info@paxtravel.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7485 3003 

 

Monday - Friday

9.30am - 5.30pm

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter!

  • Facebook Classic
  • Google+ App Icon
  • Twitter Classic

For Travel Advice: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 

© 2018 by Pax Travel Ltd.

 

Travel insurance: If you will be under 80 years old when travel commences you may like to arrange cover through Travel & General Insurance Services Ltd.

Visit their website (click here) or phone them for details: 0330 880 3625 and quote ‘Pax Travel’.

If you will be 80 or more years old when travel commences you may like to contact Goodtogo on 0330 024 9952

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

Except where otherwise noted, files are either in the public domain or licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licence.
Front page slideshow photo by: Jupacri, Flickr (fourth photo).
All photos have been cropped, changed brightness/contrast/saturation and a filter added to it.