Applying for an EHIC
The EHIC is free. A separate application form is needed for each person, with the exception of children under 16.
The application form should reach the Entitlement Unit at least fifteen (15) working days prior to the departure date to allow for processing and postage of the card.
Renewing an EHIC
An EHIC is usually valid for 5 years. You will need to apply for a new one before the expiry date as indicated in the above section. You can apply up to 3 months before the expiry date. In cases where you are applying before the expiry of the card, the valid card has to be submitted with the application for a new card to be issued.
Replacing an EHIC
Lost or stolen EHIC cards will only be replaced upon submission of a new application accompanied with an affidavit or police report.
What are the Citizen’s obligations?
Applicants are obliged to provide correct information and supporting documents requested by the Entitlement Unit. Applications which are incorrectly filled or lacking supporting documentation will not be processed. The EHIC must only be used in public hospitals in cases were immediately necessary care is necessary. The EHIC does NOT cover you if the purpose of your visit is to get medical treatment including visits to seek a second opinion. Persons issued with an EHIC are obliged to inform the Unit of any change in circumstances particularly changes related to the transfer of residence to another member state, death and changes in Social Security coverage.
What will the Department / Unit provide in return?
The Entitlement Unit will issue the EHIC within 10 working days from receipt of application.
Cards are processed on a first come first served basis.
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