What Does EHIC Cover And How To Get One

When you are travelling, it is important to make sure that you are prepared for every scenario regardless of the destination that you are travelling to. But with so many elements to remember to organise and pack, this can be challenging. In this article, we will provide insight into some of the ways you can begin applying for your GHIC.

What Is A Global Health Insurance Card?

What Does EHIC Cover And How To Get One

When looking at travelling to Europe, there are several elements that you need to consider. One of the most important is the GHIC card. With a simple application form, you can access your GHIC Card, providing you with the information needed to gain access to healthcare at a reduced cost when you are travelling. Though this will take time to organise, this can be kept in your purse or wallet to ensure that you have it to hand should anything go wrong.

What Can A GHIC Be Used For?

If you need to use your GHIC when travelling, it is important to know what you can use it for. With many countries allowing you to gain access to medical care as well as medication at a reduced cost using this card, there are several other benefits such as access to accident and emergency care as well as routine visits for other health conditions and maternity care should something go wrong when you are travelling.

How Needs A GHIC Card?

Global Health Insurance Card

When you travel to Europe, it is important to ensure that you are protected regardless of age or pre-existing medical conditions. Therefore, making sure you have a GHIC card when visiting a European country will allow you to make the most out of the process and have all the medical care you need should you fall ill. This is particularly important for those with a pre-existing medical condition as it will ensure you have all the insurance you need to cover you should you fall ill when travelling.

How Long Does A GHIC Last?

Global Health Insurance

When you have applied for a GHIC card, it is important to note that this card will last for a total of five years after your application. Regardless of whether you are travelling to Europe on business or travelling there with your friends and family, you can use the EHIC card to provide you access to the healthcare you need regardless of who you are travelling with. It is also important to note that although the EHIC system has become a GHIC system, you can still use an EHIC card that is in date to provide you access to healthcare.

With this in mind, there are several reasons you should choose to update your EHIC beforehand to ensure that you are protected with medical care when travelling around a majority of European countries. Where will you start when applying for your GHIC?

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    July 6 at 7:33 am

    I looked into EHIC cards last time we travelled to Europe and made sure we had them. I’ve not heard of a GHIC card but haven’t travelled far for a number of years now.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 12 at 9:29 pm

      I’m not sure any of us have travelled far in recent years.

  • Melanie williams

    July 6 at 9:57 am

    We are not planning any travel this year or next, but I will deffo be looking into this for the year after, as I have not heard of this before x

    1. Sabina Green

      July 12 at 9:32 pm

      It’s not in our immediate plans either but it’s good to be prepared x

  • Sarah Howe

    July 6 at 10:21 am

    We have got these in the past when going abroad. My hubby has usually sorted out. Really useful and hope we can be travelling again soon!

    1. Sabina Green

      July 12 at 9:32 pm

      It’s looking a little more promising, sounds like your hubby has you covered.

  • steph

    July 6 at 12:10 pm

    These are very good to make sure you have when travelling, I will make sure I get one when travelling next

    1. Sabina Green

      July 12 at 9:32 pm

      It pays to be prepared.

  • Natasha Mairs

    July 6 at 1:36 pm

    I have never heard of one of these before. But then I haven’t travelled in many years.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 12 at 9:33 pm

      It’s been a while before any of us have travelled far but it pays to be prepared.

  • Kara Guppy

    July 7 at 6:09 pm

    I checked ours the other day as Isaac has a school trip booked, which has been postponed. Ours are vaild until 2025 but will definitely be replacing them as needed it on our last abroad holiday

    1. Sabina Green

      July 12 at 9:34 pm

      That’s great, it sounds like you have everything covered.

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