The EHIC is one of the most important documents travellers should have before they book a holiday to Europe. The card – which stands for the European Health Insurance Card – entitles the holder to either free or reduced medical care in most European countries, as long as they are part of the European Economic Area (EEA), which is all of the European Union nations, as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
If you have moved house and need to change the address on your EHIC before you go away, the process is a simple one. A quick form completion to us can have your address updated swiftly, or you can take advantage of our services to have your details changed with the minimum of fuss.
The best thing about changing the address on your EHIC is there is no need to wait for a new card. The details will be changed but you will be able to continue using your old card.
Applying for an EHIC on behalf of your loved ones
You can also apply for an EHIC on behalf of your loved ones, such as a partner or your children, if they are under the age of 16, or if they are under 19 and still in full-time education. Each member of the family needs their own EHIC, so make sure you change the address for everyone who is registered whenever you move to a new home.
Your EHIC may not be valid if your details are not up-to-date, so always check the address on your card is correct before you arrange to go away on holiday. As well as family members, boarding school teaching staff are also able to apply for an EHIC on behalf of children who are in their care.
Why the EHIC matters to you and your family
The EHIC has become increasingly important in recent years and it is now recommended that anyone travelling to Europe makes sure they have one of the cards before they go. Medical treatment and care can be extremely expensive on the continent, so having an EHIC – complete with updated address details – is a must if travellers want to avoid healthcare bills.
Although not all treatment and care is covered by the EHIC (for example, you will still have to pay for flights back to the UK, mountain rescue efforts from ski resorts and any private care), it can save people a lot of money if they are unfortunate enough to become unwell or are involved in an accident while they are away.
The card even covers routine maternity care, as long as pregnant women are not travelling to a European country solely to give birth in another nation. Those who travel to Europe specifically for medical care will often find that the european health insurance card is not applicable in these situations either.
The card is valid for a period of five years and it is a simple process to renew it at the end of that term – which is the ideal time to make sure you have the right address registered to the card. The right time to apply for european health insurance card renewal is when the card is within six months of being out of date.