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Applying for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Bulgaria

When you’re heading overseas to visit Bulgaria, you’ll want to know that you can access healthcare when you need it. As part of the European health insurance scheme, qualifying EU and EEA residents are able to receive medical assistance in any partner nation. Applying for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Bulgaria is a simple process which can be completed through an online download, or through sending your application to your National Insurance organisation.

Getting an EHIC is simple and quick

EU nationals are eligible for healthcare while visiting European nations, and this is made possible by carrying your European Health Insurance Card and presenting it when receiving medical help. You’ll still need valid health and travel insurance when abroad, but your EHIC ensures you get the same care you would back home. To get your EHIC in Bulgaria, apply online and your card will be sent out to you. EHICs renew automatically every two years, although you’ll need to contact the issuing office if your details change.

The benefits of a European Health Insurance Card

If you fall ill, you don’t want to be worrying about the cost of care abroad or struggling to get the help you need. As a qualifying member of the European health insurance scheme, you can rest assured that medical help is there when you need it. As an EU/EEA citizen, you qualify for reduced healthcare costs – certain treatments and medications are also available to you free of charge. This still applies when you’re visiting partner nations, although you may find that you have to pay some initial charges which will later be reimbursed by your insurance company.

Having this peace of mind when you’re travelling allows you to relax and concentrate on enjoying your trip. Should something occur, you can confidently attend any hospital or request emergency services; the Bulgarian medical services will look after you and help you get back to full health as quickly as possible.

Visiting Bulgaria? Apply for your EHIC today

Tourists, visitors and workers heading to Bulgaria from other EU and EEA nations will want to make sure that they’re covered in the event of illness or an accident. Anyone holding a valid EHIC is eligible for treatment at any Bulgarian medical facility – this includes emergency care and routine treatments. Treatments deemed ineligible include those where the patient is thought to have travelled just for hospital care, although regular care that is ongoing will be included in your insurance.

If you’re visiting Bulgaria for a longer stay, such as for work, or if you’ve moved to the country permanently, you’ll need to check the status of your visa to determine if you should apply in Bulgaria or in your country of origin.

Travelling abroad can be a daunting prospect, but the EHIC system has been designed to help all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens maintain the same high levels of healthcare no matter where they travel. Make sure you take out an insurance card before visiting any EU country, and you’ll know that medical support is there if you need it.

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