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Do I need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

An EHIC entitles you to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment that becomes necessary while you are in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. The EEA consists of the European Union (EU) countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only. Remember, this might not cover all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care.

You may apply for an EHIC online at: www.ehic.org.uk or by calling 0300 330 1350.

Please note: An EHIC is no substitute for travel insurance cover. If you are admitted to a private hospital, the EHIC will not cover your treatment costs, nor will it cover any repatriation costs to get you back home.

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