Remember your European Health Insurance Card this summer
If you’re off to mainland Europe this summer, remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It gives UK nationals free or reduced-cost state healthcare in other EEA countries, as well as Switzerland. And it’s valid until at least October 31st.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says, “Until the UK leaves the EU, UK nationals can continue to access healthcare during temporary visits to other EU countries using the EHIC.”
Most travel insurers will waive the excess on a medical claim if you’ve got an EHIC as well as insurance. And the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) says, “It’s important to have travel insurance as well as an EHIC before you travel in Europe, as the EHIC doesn’t cover everything.” For instance, it won’t cover emergency repatriation back to the UK, treatment in a private hospital or stolen valuables.
“EHICs expire every five years, so make sure yours hasn’t expired before you travel,” says ABTA.