Should my child or baby have his own EHIC? If you are going abroad with your young children, you will need to make sure they are covered. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is here to provide the cover needed. Here is how to apply for a EHIC for your child or baby. This way you are fully covered in case your young child needs medical assistance abroad. You can now enjoy stress free holidays knowing your family is protected.
One EHIC per family member
Each family member requires a EHIC to be fully covered. So if you have a children below the age of 16 you will need to help them get a EHIC. Indeed, children below the age of 16 cannot apply themselves. Only a parent or a guardian can apply for a EHIC on behalf of children under the age of 16. If your child is in a boarding school, the caring staff can apply on their behalf too.
There are no differences between a child’s card and an adult’s card. Therefore the cover provided is the same in both cases.
You will need the following information to apply on behalf of your child:
- Date of birth
- National Insurance (NI) number. Please note that temporary NI numbers are not accepted when you apply for a EHIC.
EHIC for a baby
Even if your baby is only a few months old, you will need to apply for a EHIC on his behalf. To apply on behalf of a baby, you will need yo enter your personal details first and then add the details of your baby. You will receive a new EHIC, and the card will arrive with your baby’s card. It means that you will need to renew your card to be able to apply for a card for your baby.
EHIC for a child under 16
If your child is under 16, you will still need to apply for a EHIC on his behalf. The process is similar to how you apply on behalf of your baby. You will need to apply for a EHIC for yourself first, and you will then be prompted to enter the details of your child.
To start your application process, please click here >