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HSE Schemes: European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

 

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.

 

Getting necessary healthcare in other EU / EEA countries

 

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 Now, these paper forms have been replaced by the European Health Insurance Card.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.



Apply for the European Health Insurance Card if you:

 

  • Plan to go on holiday to another EU / EEA country or Switzerland
  • Regularly visit any of these countries, for example, on business, as a transport worker or for leisure
  • Plan to go to any of these countries to seek work
  • Are being sent by your employer to work in any of these countries temporarily but will continue to pay tax in Ireland
  • Intend to undertake a course of study in any of these countries but still consider yourself as ordinarily resident in Ireland
  • Intend to visit any of these countries for any other type of temporary stay where healthcare in itself is not the aim of the visit



Travelling to Great Britain or Northern Ireland

 

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



Can anyone get a European Health Insurance Card?

 

You can get a European Health Insurance Card in Ireland if you are ordinarily resident here.

 

What treatment does the EHIC entitle me to when I go abroad?

 

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.

 

Do I need private insurance in addition to the Card?

 

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.

 

Is there a charge for the Card?

 

There is NO charge for the EHIC card and anyone asking for money IS NOT connected with the HSE.

 

Will I need to apply for a new Card each time I go abroad?

 

No. Your card will be valid for up to 4 years.

 

How long will it take to get a Card?

 

You will receive your Card within approximately 10 working days of receipt of your application.

 

What if I don’t have time to get a Card before I travel?

 

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.

 

What do I do if I become ill or injured in another Member State?

 

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.

 

Do I need a Card to get healthcare while on a visit to the UK?

 

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.

 

Can I speak to someone about this change?

 

If you would like more information, please call your Local Health Office

 

What should I do if I lose the Card?

 

If you card is lost and you need a new card contact your nearest Local Health Office

 

How to Apply

 

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.