European Health Insurance Card Renewal
Do you Need an EHIC Renewal?
Millions of people in the UK hold a valid EHIC card and therefore are able to enjoy the full benefits of being an EHIC cardholder when doing their European Health Insurance Card renewal online. However, there are still millions of people in the UK that do not currently hold an EHIC card at all.
Furthermore, those that have applied for an EHIC card in the past may not even realise that their card has expired and hence they lose all rights to being an EHIC cardholder and cannot use it once it has reached its expiry.
The last thing you want is to go abroad and present your EHIC card only to find that it has expired!
Since EHIC cards expire 5 years from the date it is issued, it is easy to forget and not check when the card is due for renewal. When preparing for a holiday the last thing people think of is to check the expiry date on their EHIC card as they would most likely be busy grabbing last minute bits to pack in their suitcase.
Now with a passport you can go to the passport office the same day and sit and wait for 5 hours to get your new passport at last minute because you booked your holiday and didn’t realise your passport was about to expire. Well with an EHIC card you cannot do this because you are unable to visit the EHIC office and get your card the same day.
To get your new EHIC or renew an EHIC card you will need to apply online and this can take 7 to 10 working days for your new EHIC card to be delivered to you. So it’s a good idea to make a habit of checking the expiry date on your EHIC card just like you would your passport.
I am going on holiday in a few days, can I still get my European Health Card renewed?
If you have left your EHIC renewal to last minute then you will need to speak to someone on the telephone regarding options for renewing your EHIC last minute.
If you complete the online application form hoping to get your EHIC within a couple of days then it is most likely it will not arrive in time before your leave for your holiday.
Is my new EHIC Card enough for travel to the EU?
Your EHIC card will only cover your for medical ailments that needs immediate attention. So if you have for example a toothache or any kind of dental treatment then this is seen as something that can wait until you return back home and therefore your EHIC card is useless in those cases.
This is why you need to make sure you have not only a valid EHIC card, but also valid Travel Insurance, so that you are covered for as many different things as possible when travelling abroad.
Travel Insurance for example covers you for things like emergency transport services such as helicopter medical attention etc. Whereas the EHIC simply gives you the same medical rights as local residents, which includes the same fees they would have to pay.