What does the coronavirus outbreak mean for your EHIC?


What does the coronavirus outbreak mean for your EHIC?

The current coronavirus outbreak has dramatic impacts on the world. Half of the world’s population lives under lockdown. Experts are very careful when predicting the future developments of the outbreak

What is an EHIC?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) covers European citizens when they are traveling to other EU countries. The countries where the EHIC is operational are the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland. It is also covering European tourists when they travel to Australia or New Zealand. To discover the complete list of countries where the EHIC offers protection, please click here >

The EHIC provides European tourists with the same level of cover a local citizen would receive. It does not mean that treatments are free. It means that the tourist will pay as little or as much as a local resident of the country he is visiting.

What does the coronavirus outbreak mean for my EHIC?

The coronavirus outbreak has taken the world to a brutal stop. We can estimate that almost 4 billion people, half of the world’s population, are self-isolating. This is the best medical advice to fight against this unprecedented pandemic. But can you renew your EHIC as normal during the coronavirus outbreak? If your card is about to expire, it is still possible to renew it rather than to let it expire. This way you will be covered if you decide to travel abroad when the coronavirus outbreak passes.  To get the most up to date information, we refer you to the official Gov website here >. Indeed, as it is a dynamic situation, things can change very quickly and you should follow official advice carefully.

How can I Renew my EHIC during the lockdown?

We can support you and help you renew your EHIC for a small fee. Each one of your family members needs an EHIC to be covered. To start your application, please click here > 
We also would like to remind you that the EHIC does not replace travel insurance. To know more about travel insurance and to look for a policy, please see our guide here >

Richard Howard

Travel Specialist at EU Health Card Submission Service
With over 10yrs experience in the passport and travel industry, Richard Howard knows a thing or two about how to travel overseas with the right proof of ID, paperwork, travel insurance and health coverage. This website provides FREE information on the EHIC card and what it covers vs doesnt that could well save you thousands if not tens of thousands in medical bills. Have Questions? Call us on: 0203 6000 185. Abroad? +44203 6000 185