First Time Application

First time EHIC application? Complete the simple online application to obtain your new EHIC.

Renewal of Existing EHIC

Re-apply here if your EHIC has expired or has less than 6 months until expiry

Lost/Stolen Card

To replace your Lost/Stolen EHIC Card complete the online form.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Online EHIC Application
Telephone Support
Multilingual Application
Support available 24 hours a day
Application Checking & Verification
EHIC Renewal & Expiry Notification
Administration Fee £49 Free of Charge

EHIC-uk.org is neither affiliated with nor part of the NHS, we cannot grant you an EHIC ourselves.The EHIC card can be obtained from a NHS office without a checking service where there will be no checking fee payable.

Your EHIC gets you state sponsored healthcare at a lower cost or in some cases for free.It covers treatment that is necessary for the duration of your stay. It also covers routine maternity care (as long as you are not travelling abroad to give birth) and the treatment of pre-existing medical conditions. Please choose the option below that suits your needs.

The ultimate decision on all EHIC applications lies with the NHS. EHIC-uk.org is neither affiliated with nor part of the NHS, we cannot grant you an EHIC ourselves. You may however, apply for your EHIC through our services. Your EHIC gets you state sponsored healthcare at a lower cost or in some cases for free. You will not be able to benefit from the offers and services listed below if you choose to obtain your EHIC directly from the NHS.

The EEA or European Economic Area zone between countries of the EU (European Union) is a free trade zone. The regulations on access to healthcare also apply in Switzerland.

The rules are not the same if you are going abroad specifically to have treatment or intend to move abroad. Before you read details of the country you’re visiting, read about planning treatment abroad or moving abroad.

Listed below are EEA countries who have specific guidance on how to reclaim refunds or access healthcare.

Dial 112 in case of emergency during your stay in Europe. This number is free of charge and is valid in all EEA/EU member states. The number can be used to contact emergency services such as Police or Ambulance from any mobile phone or telephone for free.

Using our application and checking service will provide you with following:

a. Complete review of your application before submission.
b. Check and audit your details in order to avoid common submission errors.
c. Get in contact with you in the event of missing or incorrect information within your application.
d. Provide a reminder service informing you when it is time to renew your EHIC card .

Applying for an EHIC is free of charge via the NHS.

You can apply through the NHSBSA website here . It is also possible to apply by phoning the automated service on: 0845 606 2030
Another way to apply is to download an application form (PDF, 122kb) and return it to the NHS Business Services Authority, which processes all applications.
NHS Business Services Authority, European Health Insurance Card, EHIC Applications, Sandyford House, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1BF
The following details will be necessary in order to complete your application:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance or NHS number (CHI number in Scotland or Health and Care Number in Northern Ireland)

Please note that temporary National Insurance numbers aren’t valid. Temporary National Insurance numbers uses the prefix 'TN', the date of birth and M or F to denote gender (for example TN131160M). These numbers are no longer accepted and cannot be used to apply for your card.

Please view E.U. Countries below for which your EHIC is valid:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

The ultimate decision on all EHIC applications lies with the NHS. EHIC-uk.org is neither affiliated with nor part of the NHS. We cannot grant you an EHIC ourselves. You may however, apply for your EHIC through our services. Your EHIC gets you state sponsored healthcare at a lower cost or in some cases for free. You will not be able to benefit from the offers and services listed below if you choose to obtain your EHIC directly from the NHS.