If you are a UK resident, you are entitled to medical treatment that becomes necessary, at reduced cost or sometimes free, when temporarily visiting a European Union (EU) country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Only treatment provided under the state scheme is covered. However, to obtain treatment you will need to take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. Please note: Not all UK residents are covered in Denmark, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
The quickest way to receive your EHIC, free of charge, is to apply on the NHS website by clicking on the 'Check Eligibility & Apply' link from the drop-down menu above.
In order to apply ensure you have the NHS or National Insurance Number, Surname/Family Name, Forenames and Date of Birth of each applicant.
Temporary National Insurance Numbers are not valid - A temporary National Insurance number uses the prefix 'TN', the date of birth and M or F to denote gender e.g. TN131160M. These are no longer accepted and must not be used to apply for an EHIC.