When you’re issued with a European Health Insurance Card, it’s valid for up to 5 years. If the card has expired and you’ve yet to arrange a replacement, it’s important to renew your EHIC as soon as possible.
Travelling to a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland without a valid European Health Insurance Card will mean that you won’t be able to access medical care at a reduced cost or free of charge.
Furthermore, many travel insurers require you to have a valid EHIC when they’re insuring you. If you need medical assistance whilst abroad and your EHIC is invalid, you may find that it invalidates your travel insurance as well.
Renewing your European Health Insurance Card
Fortunately, renewing your EHIC isn’t a complicated process and it can be done quickly and efficiently. Simply confirming your details or updating your personal information and submitting the renewal application should be all it takes to obtain a new card. Of course, you may need to supply additional supporting documentation if you need to confirm any changes to your personal details.
However, your card may not arrive immediately so it’s important to make your application as soon as you can. If you’re planning to travel to a country within the EEA or Switzerland, you’ll want the peace of mind of having a valid EHIC, well in advance of your departure date.
Take action before you EHIC expires
Whilst your current European Health Insurance Card may have expired, you needn’t wait until the next one has expired to take action. Generally, EHIC holders are able to make a renewal application within the 6 months preceding the expiration date of their current card.
Rather than waiting until your card has expired, you can make your renewal application and ensure that you won’t be left without a valid EHIC. Whilst you may not be planning to travel abroad, you may be surprised with a last-minute break or asked to travel for work purposes, so it’s useful to have everything in place should you need to depart suddenly.
To find out more about replacing an expired European Health Insurance Card, contact us now or start the process online.