The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC (formerly the E111 form) allows the holder to access health care services when travelling to or on holiday in another EU or EEA country. Choose from the options below to learn more, or to find out how to apply. There IS NO CHARGE for the European Health Insurance Card as it is a free public service.
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Until now, you needed an E form – such as the E111 or the E128 - to get such treatment. Now, these paper forms have been replaced by the European Health Insurance Card.
One Card is needed for each individual or member of the family. The Card was introduced on 1 June 2004. It means that you can get necessary healthcare in the public system of any EU / EEA country or Switzerland, if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay in that country.
You don’t need a European Health Insurance Card to get necessary healthcare while on a temporary visit to the UK. It is enough to show proof that you are ordinarily resident in Ireland – in practice, this means a driving licence, passport or similar document. If you would like more information, please call your Local Health Office
You can get a European Health Insurance Card in Ireland if you are ordinarily resident here.
The European Health Insurance Card entitles you to necessary healthcare in the public system of any EU / EEA member state or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay in that country. The card does not cover the cost of treatment in a private setting. The card does not entitle you to travel abroad with the aim of getting healthcare through the public system.
Public healthcare systems vary from country to country, and few countries pay the full cost of healthcare for holders of the card. The card does not cover the cost of repatriation. In addition, illness or an accident abroad may mean extra travel and accommodation costs. You may therefore wish to take out private insurance for your trip. For more information about your entitlements in particular countries, contact your Local Health Office.
There is NO charge for the EHIC card and anyone asking for money IS NOT connected with the HSE.
No. Your card will be valid for up to 4 years.
You will receive your Card within approximately 10 working days of receipt of your application.
You can get a Temporary Replacement Certificate, which gives you the same entitlement as the Card, but for a shorter period, and can be issued by your local Health Office. One Temporary Replacement Certificate is issued per person.
To obtain healthcare with the Card, go to the nearest public system doctor, public hospital, or other public treatment centre and present your Card. Treatment in a private setting is not covered by the Card.
No. You can get healthcare if needed during a temporary stay in the UK by giving proof of residency in Ireland. There is no need for a Card, although your Card will of course be sufficient to access such treatment.
If you would like more information, please call your Local Health Office
If you card is lost and you need a new card contact your nearest Local Health Office
Applying for the card is very easy. Application forms are available from your Local Health Office You can also call the HSE infoline: 1850 24 1850. Alternatively you can download a form by clicking here.