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  • UPDATE New EHIC now available to apply for online, for travel from January 1st 2021



    The transition period ended with a deal with the EU. This NHS website has been updated to reflect this.

    The update says you can still use your old EHIC card till its printed expiry date.

    See: Applying for healthcare cover abroad (GHIC and EHIC) - NHS

    ...where they have:
    UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) are still valid and offer the same cover as GHICs in the EU.

    Once your EHIC has expired, you’ll be able to replace it with a GHIC.

    You can get a provisional replacement certificate (PRC) if you need treatment abroad and do not have a card.
    Travel insurance is still highly recommended, as the EHIC only covers some emergency medical treatment or treament necessary for certain long-term conditions.

    It does not cover any ancillary expenses incurred as a result of falling ill or having an accident abroad, for example, missed flights and expenses associated with extending your stay, including when a family member requires medical care abroad.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.


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    Please note that there are now TWO types of cards:

    GHIC - For most UK residents. Covers all EU countries, but not Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland

    New UK EHIC - For people covered under the Withdrawal Agreement. This gives you the same cover as a GHIC in EU countries and also covers you for necessary healthcare from state services in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

    This new EHIC is for the following people:
    • EU, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein nationals living in the UK by the end of 2020.
    • UK State Pensioners with a registered S1 or E121 form
    • Frontier workers (someone who works in one state and lives in another) if you've been one since before 1 January 2021, for as long as you continue to be a frontier worker in the host state, and you’re eligible for an S1 form or E106
    • Workers posted to work in another EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland by a UK employer, who have been posted since before 1 January 2021.
    • Eligible family members and dependants of of the above
    • UK students studying in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, who had been studying there since before 1 January 2021
    The old EHIC is not valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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    • #3
      You can get a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) to prove your entitlement to medically necessary healthcare if you travel to Europe without your GHIC or EHIC and need treatment during your visit.

      To apply for a PRC, call Overseas Healthcare Services at the NHS Business Services Authority on +44 (0)191 218 1999, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

      Someone else can apply for a PRC on your behalf.

      The PRC will give you the same cover as an EHIC or GHIC until you return home.

      I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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      • #4
        In a nutshell, neither the "old" EHICs (the ones we had since before the end of 2020), nor the new GHICs are valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

        If you travel to one of these countries, you'll need to rely on your travel insurance.

        I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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