E111 Form

1/07/2013 -- Mary Simpson
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The E111 Form

***The E111 has now been replaced by the EU EHIC card***

The EHIC is the European Health Insurance Card. You can apply free and online on the NHS dedicated website and receive one in 7 – 10 days.
More...where and how to apply direct with NHS..

Did You Know...

Your EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. It won't cover you for repatriation (return home), missed departure, holiday cancellation or losses due to crime or natural disasters.

Just like the E111, the EHIC medical card entitles you to necessary medical treatment either free or at reduced cost in all EU countries, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The main difference between the old E111 and the EHIC is that the EU card is issued on an individual - as opposed to family - basis.

Every family member needs their own card.

Check EHIC Card expiry date

Whereas the E111certificate was valid indefinitely, the modern plastic EHIC card is only valid for 5 years.

In the past, you had to get your E111 form stamped at the Post Office.  Not any more.

Now we’re in the digital age, most people apply online via the NHS website. 

Once you receive your card - usually within 7-10 days - check for errors.  If EU health card details (name, date of birth, NHS and NI nos.) don’t match your passport, you could be refused treatment.

Card renewal is free. You can renew up to 6 months before expiry date.

Millions of cards expire each year, so make sure yours is still current.

Watch out for scam sites that try to charge you.  

EU Medical Card Alert and EHIC FAQS.