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European Health Insurance Card

European Health Insurance Card

What is the European Health Insurance Card?

A free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.

Important – the European Health Insurance Card:

  • is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property,
  • does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment,
  • does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.

Please note: when you move your habitual residence to another country, you should register with the S1 form instead of using the EHIC to receive medical care in your new country of habitual residence.

Download the app for your smartphone

Available on the App Store Get it on Google Play Download from Windows Store
Available on the App Store Get it on Google Play Download from Windows Store

Guide on how to use the European Health Insurance Card in the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It includes general information about the card, emergency phone numbers, covered treatments and costs, how to claim reimbursement and who to contact in case you have lost your card, as well as a card expiry reminder function. All this information is also available while your smartphone is offline. The app is available in 25 languages with easy option to switch from one language to another.

Please note that:

  • Due to technical, legal and privacy reasons, the app does NOT replace the card. The card cannot be generated or downloaded for use.
  • The EHIC does NOT replace travel insurance.
  • The European Commission is NOT responsible for issuing EHIC cards, which are issued for free by your national health insurance provider.
  • When using the application for the first time some data needs to be downloaded (approx. 25MB). You will be charged for this according to your internet connection. We recommend that you download all data before travelling abroad.

European Health Insurance Card

Call for Tenders VT/2013/001
Assistance to the Audit Board of the Administrative Commission for the coordination of social security systems
A clerical error has been identified. Please refer to question & answer no. 2 in the document under the title "Questions and answers" (available on this page) for further information.

Published in Official Journal no. 2013/S 045-071536 on 05/03/2013
Deadline for receipt of bids: 15/04/2013 Opening of bids: 30/04/2013
Tender specifications: pdf Deutsch English français
Invitation letter: pdf Deutsch English français
Model contract: pdf English
Questions and Answers: pdf English
Declaration on honour: pdf de en fr
Legal Entities: de en fr
Bank Id Forms: de  en  fr
Contract Notice: bg cs da de el en es et fr hr ga it lv lt hu mt nl pl pt ro sk sl fi sv

Unit EMPL-B.4 – Free Movement of Workers, Coordination of Social Security Systems
For the attention of: Mr Jackie Morin
1049 Brussels