When you obtain a valid European Health Insurance Card it will be valid for a period of 5 years. When the expiry date is approaching, you’ll be able to renew the card. However, renewal applications are only permitted in the 6 months preceding the date of expiry.
Although renewing your EHIC may seem like another hassle before you travel abroad, it is extremely important. Should you require medical assistance whilst in a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, an expired EHIC would not entitle you to free or reduced treatment.
Furthermore, renewing your European Health Insurance Card is easy to do and it won’t take you long at all. Simply complete our easy online form and we’ll submit your EHIC renewal application on your behalf. Before you know it, you’ll have your updated EHIC and have peace of mind that you’re ready to travel.
Have any of your details changed?
One of the most important things to consider when renewing your EHIC is whether any of your details or personal information has changed. If you’ve got married or had a child, for example, you may want to include them on your application.
As all family members are required to have an EHIC, it’s crucial that you renew your children’s European Health Insurance Card as well. Whilst you can make a renewal application as a family, individual cards are required in order to obtain free or reduced medical treatment.
If you’ve moved house or changed your name, for example, these are the type of details that you’ll need to update when you’re renewing your EHIC.
Keeping your family’s cards linked
In some cases, your card and the cards belonging to your family members may not expire at the same time. If you obtained your card five years ago but had a child two years ago, for example, your child’s card cannot be renewed for another two and a half years.
Despite this, it’s important to include your family’s details on your renewal application. Although you’ll be warned that their cards cannot be renewed just yet, adding their details will ensure that your EHICs remain linked in the system.
Renew your EHIC today
It’s important to renew your card and update your personal details. Travelling with an out-of-date EHIC or a European Health Insurance Card with the incorrect details will invalidate your right to free or reduced cost healthcare.
To renew your EHIC card, you’ll need your PIN number, which is displayed on your existing card next to your date of birth and will begin ‘UK’. If you don’t have this and your details haven’t changed, you can still renew online with your name, address, date of birth and NHS or National Insurance number.
To renew your card now, just complete our simple online form and we’ll fast track your application for you. When you’re in urgent need of EHIC renewal, our auditing process and easy-to-use online renewal form make the process quick and simple. If you have lost your PIN and your details have changed, or if you’d like to talk to someone about renewing your European Health Insurance Card, contact us for help today on 0844 567 8196.