If you’re off to Europe, ensure you’ve an up-to-date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Here are the key need-to-knows:
- It’s valid across the EU. A valid EHIC can get free or discounted medical treatment in state-run hospitals in any European Union country, plus a few others.
- It entitles you to the same treatment as a local. This is extremely useful in emergencies, and means if it’s free for them, it’s free for you. Keep it on you at all times when you’re away to ensure you’re covered.
- It doesn’t cost a penny. Don’t just google “EHIC”, as there are a host of unofficial sites that charge a fee of about £20 to do it for you – see our 60-second guide on copycat websites for more details. Apply via the official link, www.ehic.org.uk, to ensure you get yours for nowt. For a full rundown see the Free EHIC guide.
An EHIC isn’t a substitute for travel insurance – while very useful, it’s only for medical cover. See Cheap Travel Insurance.