European Health Insurance Card

European Health Insurance Card


Young Fine Gael, in co-operation with Senator Neale Richmond, are urging anyone planning a holiday to a European destination to ensure they get a European Health Insurance Card.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country, and Switzerland.

The EHI card guarantees entitlement to treatment in any public hospital in any of the 30 countries. This means that anything that might happen to you on holidays, or any medical need you might have is covered to allow you to continue your stay and come back home as planned.

The card entitles you to the same healthcare as citizens of that country so in many cases treatment will be free and even if not, you will make a significant saving on the costs if you have a card.

To Apply

To apply if you already have a medical card or a drug payment scheme card:

If you do not have a medical card or a drugs payment scheme card:

If you are travelling soon, you should request a temporary replacement certificate:

If you are resident outside Ireland, living in another EU/EEA State

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