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The European Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card that you can receive from your health insurance provider. The card gives you access to urgent medical care during a temporary stay in one of the EEA countries. Please note, the EHIC:

  • is not an alternative for travel insurance
  • does not cover costs if you travel to receive medical treatment
  • does not guarantee free care, since health care systems are different in every country
  • is individual
  • Is limited to urgent and unforeseen medical care

Please note: if you move to another country for a longer period of time, you cannot use the European Health Insurance Card, but you must register with an S1 form to get medical care in your new country of residence.