If you don’t have an EHIC or travel insurance, you can still have medical help from a doctor or at a hospital, but you will have to pay for it.
If this happens, make sure that you go to a state hospital, not a private hospital, where the fee should be lower.
Can I travel without a EHIC card?
If you’re abroad and do not have your EHIC with you
You can be issued with a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) to prove your entitlement to the EHIC if you travel to Europe without your EHIC but then need medical treatment during your visit. The PRC will give you the same cover as an EHIC until you return home.
Is an EHIC card necessary?
Prepared for going abroad
If you’re travelling to one of the EU and EEA countries, having an EHIC could prove invaluable should you need emergency medical treatment. However the EHIC is more of a safety net than a substitute for travel insurance, and for UK citizens, an EHIC card will not work past 31 October, 2019.
How quickly can I get an EHIC card?
The quickest way is to apply online. Your EHIC will normally arrive within 7 days and will usually be valid for 5 years.
What do I do if I lost my European Health Card?
Replacing your EHIC while abroad
- National Insurance number.
- date of birth.
- NHS Number, if possible.
- either an email address or fax number for the specific hospital department or service where you’re receiving treatment – check with the hospital which is best.