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Travelling in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

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

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you're not going abroad to give birth

The rules are different if you intend to move abroad or are going abroad specifically to have treatment. Read about moving abroad or planning medical treatment abroad before you read the details of the country you're visiting.

Each EEA country listed below has specific guidance on how to access healthcare or claim refunds. 

If you find yourself in an emergency during your visit in Europe dial 112. The European emergency number is valid all in all EU/ EEA member states and is free of charge. You can use it to reach emergency services such as ambulance or police from any telephone or mobile phone free of charge.

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Comments

The 29 comments posted are personal views. Any information they give has not been checked and may not be accurate.

876diver said on 03 April 2014

Does anyone know if the EHIC can be used in the Netherlands Antilles? These are three islands in the Caribbean and are Netherlands dependencies.

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gavin84 said on 28 October 2013

SUEATTS - The EHIC does not cover you if you are on a cruise ship, even if you are docked at a port. If you stay in accommodation on land in the EU whilst on the cruise trip you would then be covered for treatment during this time. Hope this helps.

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gavin84 said on 28 October 2013

SUEATTS - The EHIC does not cover you if you are on a cruise ship, even if you are docked at a port. If you stay in accommodation on land in the EU whilst on the cruise trip you would then be covered for treatment during this time. Hope this Helps.

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sueatts said on 06 September 2013

I have just returned from a mini cruise calling at Amsterdam,Belgium &France on the 2nd day I suffered with a severe UTI and had to see the ships Dr this cost 256 pounds why can't I claim any of this back using EHIC card all these countries are in the E.U and my ins co will not pay out for this condition

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AlfT said on 12 April 2013

I am British living and working in Spain. I have Spanish Tarjeta Sanitaria and EHIC cards.
If, by any chance, I or anyone in my family needed medical help while visiting the UK would I have to pay anything? Would we need to have anything more than our EHIC card and passport?
I don't know where else to ask this question and so am doing it here. I'd appreciate any advice.
Thanks.

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antsnz said on 24 March 2013

hey i am a New Zealander here with duel citizenship (ireland) i have attention deficit disorder. i am liveing in Sweden right now and finding work hard without ritalin i am looking to go back into full time building in the UK but think my only chances of finding and keeping a job will be if i go back on ritalin. as i am not from europe and have not seen a doctor because im worryied they will just send me here and there and end up costing alot, i was woundering what i need to have and do,or even if it is possible for me to get a prescription.

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Mr_LongHair said on 28 January 2013

Just a quick tip for the folks commenting on this page, if the country you are visiting is not listed on this page then it is not covered by the EHIC and the card will be of no use to you there. The top of the page links to "Non EEA countries" and that lists places that have healthcare agreements with the UK which cover some things (listed on that page) but may not be the same as the EHIC and does not require the EHIC to access. Any country not listed on either page has NO cover with the UK at all. Best advice really is to always have comprehensive travel insurance no matter where you go.

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Mr_LongHair said on 28 January 2013

BonoboBob, since Gibraltar is essentially part of the UK you can get NHS treatment there same as here. For 100% Guidance click on the "Non-EEA countries" link at the top there and Gibraltar is listed.

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Bonobobob said on 27 January 2013

What cover can I expect in Gibraltar?

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lrd said on 24 January 2013

We have booked to go to Tenerife in April 2013. My mum usually receives her dialysis treatment at the Hospica Sur in Playa da las Americas via EHIC. We have just been told that this hospital is no longer accepting holiday patients after 14.02.2013 due to their economic crisis.
Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone know if there is an alternative?
We really do not want to have to cancel our holiday :(

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aspire1640 said on 12 October 2012

I have a chronic pulmonary disorder and require 2 to 3 liters of oxygen per minute. Due to my prolonged residency in Switzerland, I do not benefit from NHS coverage in any way. On holidays in the sunnier parts of Europe, what can I expect for charges in Italy, Spain or Greece. As a Swiss resident, I have a EHIC and have the same rights as EU residents.

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Mundofile said on 23 August 2012

@foxed75
Because you get your money back. Also it gives you free or cheaper medical treatment depending on which country you travel too :)

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foxed75 said on 15 August 2012

What is the point in having one of these cards if it takes over 6 months to get your money back, which is the current timeframe I've just been told?

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bentyloo said on 10 July 2012

I will be travelling on a Baltic cruise at the end of July. Will the EHIC cover the two days we spend in St Petersburg?

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Mylersmystery said on 11 June 2012

Are the Cape Verde Islands included in the EHIC scheme? I'm not sure if they count as being part of South Africa or Spain.

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lmgoog said on 02 June 2012

I am trying to find out if I can have haemodialysis in Lanzarote. My renal unit says dialysis will not be funded in Lanzarote, but I read elsewhere that the EHIC will be accepted in the Canary Islands for dialysis. Can anyone tell me which is correct and where I can go to for advice?

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Janet739 said on 03 February 2012

I am travelling to Spain shortly and have an ileostomy. Whilst I have the IA travel card and states that a letter may also be required from my Doctor. As the card clearly states what the ileostomy is what further information should be included in the Doctor's letter, please.
I have had the ileostomy for almost 50 years so do know how to handle this and any upsets which may occur.

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Ellis Greenwood said on 19 January 2012

On 4th of may, I will be traveling to Toulon (south of France) on a rugby tour, I will be playing rugby whilst over there, now our rugby board (RFUW) is covering the travel insurance, However will I need a E11 card for health insurance whilst over there in case I get injured?

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Martin Shore said on 12 January 2012

I would like to know if I can use my EHIC in the caribbean island St Martin . This is part of France , like Martinique and Guadaloup .
Can you tell me ?

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Trip1 said on 09 January 2012

I am currently travelling Europe for 12 months with my partner. I have just confirmed that I am 7 weeks pregnant. I have had mis carriages before and so donot want to rush home, as it is early days yet. However what test and medical support would I be likely to be able to get whilst abroad. I have an EHIC card and medical insurance.

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remah said on 27 October 2011

AlbusDumbledore,

Regarding your comments on the Tenerife/EHIC querie on the 10th October 2011, isthis a factual answer of your own pesonal opinion.

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dugoutpaddy said on 14 October 2011

We are travelling to Cape Verde and I'm not sure if it is a reublic or part of portugal? any advice?

Cheers

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AlbusDumbledore said on 10 October 2011

yes tenerife is classed as part of spain therefore you will be covered as its in the EU

and also the Canary Islands is also covered under the EHIC as it is classed as mainland Spain

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amynutton said on 08 October 2011

Hi, we are going to Tenerife in a couple of weeks, is this covered under Spain or not? I know some class the Canary Islands as Spain and some don't so its slightly confusing lol

thanks

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AlbusDumbledore said on 16 September 2011

No, Turkey is not Covered

The card is only valid in the above countries stated.

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patriciaj27 said on 16 September 2011

are these cards valid in turkey as we are going soon

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AlbusDumbledore said on 16 September 2011

In regards to your daugther thats travelling to Tunisia, The Health Card would not be valid.

As long as she has her comprehensive travel insurance im sure she will be fine.

And regards to your comment spiderlen was it a State Hospital that you were treated at?? was it an EU country covered by the Health Card??

If it was you may be able to claim a refund

I recommend applying for a card renewal first on 0845 606 2030 then when your card arrives contact the Department for Work and Pensions on 0191 218 1999 and go through on option number 1.

They may be able to help refund you will the money.

Hope it works out for you man!!

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spiderlen said on 01 September 2011

My wife has had treatment resently, but we found out that her E111 card had expired on 21/06/2011, and we had to pay the hospital 60 euro's and then 15 euro's for the prescription, my wife is over 65, can I reclaim the money that has been paid.

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fone said on 18 July 2011

My daughter is travelling to tunisia and I would like to know whether her E111 covers this country. If not is there anything she should take with her. Had relevant injections and has travel insurance.

Thanks

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Page last reviewed: 11/08/2011

Next review due: 11/08/2013

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Media last reviewed: 22/08/2013

Next review due: 22/08/2015