UK Global Health Insurance Card – GHIC

The UK government has launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which replaces the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

UK residents can apply for the GHIC, which will replace the EHIC, which will be phased out in line with their expiry dates so travellers are still able to use them when travelling to EU countries.

The GHIC offers the the same protection as the EHIC – for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in an EU country whilst on a temporary stay.

You will need to apply for the new card (GHIC) when your EHIC expires. The application process will take approximately 2 weeks.

You can apply directly via the NHS website, and there is no charge. 

Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance when travelling within the EU and outside of it. The GHIC/EHIC are not a replacement for travel insurance.

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