EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD
The quickest and easiest way is to apply online. Your card will normally arrive within
seven days. Some people can only apply for an EHIC by post but this method will
To apply by phone, call 0845 606 2030.
To apply by post, get a form from your local post office. Send the completed
form to EHIC Applications, PO Box 1114, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 2TL.
There is no charge for an EHIC.
Does each person need their own card?
Yes. You can apply for more than one EHIC at the same time. You can apply for
your partner, and
any children under 18 who are in full-time education.
When you apply, you’ll need to provide these details for each person:
National Insurance number or NHS number (CHI in Scotland or Health and
Care Number in Northern Ireland),
first names and surname (family name), and
date of birth.
If you’re under 16, your parent or guardian will need to apply for you.
Where can I use an EHIC?
The EHIC is valid when you temporarily visit a country in the EEA (European
Economic Area) or Switzerland, e.g. for a holiday or a business trip.