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My EHIC card has expired: what next?

Travelling with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is an essential when it comes to visiting other countries in Europe. It ensures that you receive timely medical attention from licensed healthcare facilities across the continent at a reduced or non-existent cost. As such, it has become a requirement of many insurers that you apply for this card. If you’ve already used EHIC or the old E111 system, and you’ve found that your previously-held EHIC card expired some time ago, this can cause issues if you need healthcare while abroad. It is possible that you may be refused treatment if it’s found that your European Health Insurance Card expired already, so it’s essential to make sure that your card is in date.

To prevent this from happening, it’s a good idea to have your health insurance card, and any family member’s cards, renewed once every five years. You needn’t worry about applying too soon for your new health insurance card, as you are allowed to apply for renewal up to six months prior to your current EHIC expiry. Just be aware that any time left on your current card won’t be transferred over to your new card.

How do I re-apply?

When it comes to actually re-applying, the process is very simple – it can be done online in no time at all. You’ll just need the same basic details about yourself that you entered previously, such as your name, your date of birth, and your address. You’ll also need the necessary information to support your application, like your national insurance/NHS number and your payment details. If you’re a carer or legal guardian dealing with the EHIC expiry of a person you are authorised to care for, you are allowed to apply on behalf of that person.

What if my details have changed?

The main issue that arises for many during the renewal process is when details from your previous EHIC application have changed. If this is the case, you needn’t worry – the process will not be dramatically different. It’s possible to apply for renewal on our site if your EHIC card expired already and you need to change details. As long as you have the PIN number issued with your previous card, you can apply via our simple form. By applying through our online form, you can rest assured that your application will be accurate, timely and hassle-free. It will also give you the time to sort out the many other things you need to worry about when travelling, such as flights, packing and travel plans.

After you’ve applied via our form, feel free to make regular contact with our team to get updates regarding the status of your application. You shouldn’t have to wait long, as the service aims to issue cards within five days of your application being received. But, if you do need to travel urgently, there shouldn’t be a problem with your cover, as long as your application has been processed. While it’s important to carry a card – in case you don’t have someone to speak to healthcare practitioners on your behalf – you are still eligible for EHIC cover as long as your application has been correctly processed. However, it is best to seek advice with your insurer over this matter before you travel.

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