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Healthcare for UK nationals visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland

How to get state healthcare when you’re on holiday or travelling to a country in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

This information is about visiting the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. There’s different guidance for healthcare if you’re:

  • visiting Spain
  • visiting Ireland
  • going to live, study or work in the EU

When you travel to an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you should have either:

  • a UK Global Health Insurance Card ( GHIC )
  • a European Health Insurance Card ( EHIC )

You should also have travel insurance with healthcare cover.

An EHIC or GHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance. Make sure you have both before you travel.

Each healthcare system is different, and in some countries you’ll need to pay to have treatment.

Apply for a GHIC

A GHIC lets you get medically necessary state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.

If your EHIC is still in date, you do not need to apply for a new GHIC .

They’re both valid if you’re travelling to an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

Apply for a  GHIC  for free on the NHS website.

Visiting Switzerland

You can use your GHIC or EHIC in Switzerland to get state-provided, medically necessary healthcare at a reduced cost (or sometimes for free) if you are a:

  • UK national
  • Swiss national
  • stateless person
  • dependant or survivor of someone with one of these nationalities or statuses

You can only use your GHIC or EHIC in Switzerland if one of the above applies to you – even if you can use your GHIC or EHIC in the EU.

You may also be asked to show evidence of your nationality when accessing healthcare using a GHIC or EHIC in Switzerland.

Using your EHIC or GHIC

An EHIC or GHIC covers state healthcare, not private treatment.

With an EHIC or GHIC , you can get emergency or necessary medical care for the same cost as a resident in the country you’re visiting. This means that you can get healthcare at a reduced cost or for free.

Find out what your card covers in each country . You can select the country you are planning to visit from the drop-down list.

An EHIC or GHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance – it does not cover everything, such as mountain rescue or being flown back to the UK (medical repatriation). Make sure you have both before you travel.

You’ll need to pay in full for treatment if you do not have an EHIC , GHIC or provisional replacement certificate (PRC).

The following European countries do not accept the EHIC or GHIC :

  • the Isle of Man
  • the Vatican

If you do not have your EHIC or GHIC with you

You’ll need to apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) if you need treatment and you do not have your EHIC or GHIC , or your card is lost or stolen abroad.

Call the Overseas Healthcare Services. This is part of the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA).

NHS Overseas Healthcare Services Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 1999 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Travelling with a health condition

Buy travel insurance with healthcare cover for your condition. Your EHIC or GHIC will cover medically necessary treatment.

Read the Money and Pensions Advice Service guidance for buying travel insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions .

If you need to have treatment while you’re abroad, you may need to pre-arrange it. For example, if you need dialysis or oxygen treatment. Speak to your doctor in the UK for advice before you travel.

You cannot take some products prescribed for health conditions with you into the EU. These include special foods required for medical reasons containing meat or dairy. There are some exemptions. Read more about taking animal products, food or plants with you into the EU on the Your Europe website.

UK prescriptions can be used in Ireland and Spain . You cannot use a UK prescription elsewhere in the EU.

Bringing medicine with you

Before you travel, make sure you either:

  • take enough medication to last the duration of your trip
  • can get any medicine you need in the country you’re going to

Check with the embassy, high commission or consulate for the country you’re visiting about local rules on any specific medicines.

You need a letter to prove your medicine is prescribed to you if it contains a ‘controlled drug’. You may need to show this at the border when you’re entering or leaving the UK.

You may also need a licence for controlled drugs if:

  • your trip is longer than 3 months
  • you’re travelling with more than 3 months’ supply

Read more about taking medicines in or out of the UK .

Read guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines .

Getting prescriptions

If you need to get prescribed medicine while you’re away, speak to a pharmacist in the country you’re visiting. You may need a prescription from a local doctor.

You may have to pay something towards the cost of your prescription.

If you have an EHIC or GHIC , you should pay the same as a citizen of the EU country you’re visiting, or a Swiss citizen if in Switzerland. Make sure your prescription is from a state-approved doctor in the EU and Switzerland.

Travelling to have planned treatment

You cannot use an EHIC or GHIC for planned treatment. For example, if you’re going abroad to give birth.

Read the NHS guide to going abroad for medical treatment .

Various changes to the text to reflect EEA and EFTA changes that came into force on 1 January 2024.

The 'Using your EHIC or GHIC' section of the attachment has been updated to reflect the new reciprocal health agreement with Guernsey

Updated to reflect the UK-Switzerland Convention on Social Security Coordination coming into effect. From 1 November 2021, eligible people can use GHICs and EHICs to access state-provided, necessary healthcare in Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.

Updated to reflect the rules on taking food prescribed for medical reasons to EEA countries and Switzerland.

Updated 'Travelling with a health condition' section: added guidance on checking you can get your medicine abroad and changes to getting prescriptions in the EU.

Added application link for UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) are still valid for travel to EU countries.

Updated page to reflect that UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) will still be accepted in EU countries, with different guidance for people travelling to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland from 1 January 2021.

Updated: ‘Using an EHIC from 1 January 2021’ section. EU nationals living in the UK can now apply for a new UK-issued EHIC valid from 1 January 2021.

Updated section: ‘Using an EHIC from 1 January 2021’. Students and people with a registered S1 can now apply for a new UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that will remain valid from 1 January 2021.

Link to the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advice added.

Added new section on how to get help paying for treatment after Brexit, and update on student EHICs.

Added link to Foreign Office travel insurance guidance in the travel insurance section.

Increased visibility of calls to actions. Highlighted the guidance on what to do to prepare for Brexit, agreements with EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and studying in the EU.

Updated guidance on buying travel insurance.

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The European Health Insurance Card

What is the european health insurance card, can i get a european health insurance card, where can i use it, what does it cover, how to apply, how do i renew my card, if you are visiting ireland and need health care.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to access public healthcare in another EU/EEA state for free or at a reduced rate. You can use it when you are travelling abroad or when you are staying temporarily in another EU State.

Essential points about the card

  • Each family member needs their own card.
  • It lasts for up to 4 years.
  • You will need to apply to renew your card and you can renew online .
  • When abroad, always carry your EHIC with you.
  • It will not cover you for healthcare outside of the EU, other than Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein (EEA) and Switzerland.
  • It does not cover private healthcare.
  • It used to be called the E111 form.

You can apply:

  • In person : at any local health office except, Cork South Lee, Dublin North West, Dublin South, Kildare and West Wicklow.
  • By post : Print out an application form and post it to your local health office along with any documents required.
  • Online: Apply through the HSE website if you have a medical card or drug payment scheme card and you live in Ireland.

You can only apply for a European Health Insurance Card:

  • If you live in Ireland
  • If you live in another European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) member state, or Switzerland

If you live in Ireland but you are linked to another EU/EEA State's Social Security System, contact the health authorities in that country for more information.

If you live in Northern Ireland but are employed in Ireland, you can get an Irish-issued EHIC.

Frontier workers (or cross-border workers ) can get an Irish-issued EHIC because they make social security contributions in Ireland. They must return home at least once a week to qualify.

Student dependants of frontier workers can get an Irish-issued EHIC. They must be aged 18 to 23 years, studying in the EU/EEA or Switzerland and have a completed School or College Details form (pdf) .

If you live in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland

If you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you are entitled to an Irish-issued EHIC if any of the following apply.

  • You receive a state pension from Ireland and have an Irish-issued E Form/S1 form (certificate of entitlement) registered in your country of residence.
  • You work for an Irish employer and are posted to work in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
  • You are a frontier worker (cross-border worker) living in the EU/EEA and working in Ireland.
  • You are a family member of a posted worker of someone working in Ireland, and you are not covered in your own right by the EU/EEA country you live in.

If you are resident in another EU/EEA member state , you will need to complete a different application form online , by email or by post.

If you are not eligible for an Irish-issued EHIC, you should see if you are eligible for an EHIC in the country you are currently living in.

EU and Europe

You can use your European Health Insurance Card in any European Union or European Economic Area (EEA) country and in Switzerland. Currently, the EEA comprises of the 27 member states of the European Union together with Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein.

As Andorra and Monaco are not part of the EU or EEA, your EHIC is not accepted there. You should get private health insurance instead.

Find out where you can use your EHIC and how to access healthcare abroad .

If you are an Irish citizen, you have access to healthcare under the Common Travel Area while visiting the UK. However, other EU citizens should continue to use the EHIC, which is still accepted in the UK.

Outside the EU

If you are travelling outside the EU/EEA, you should get private health insurance instead.

Will I have to pay anything for healthcare with my EHIC?

In some EU member states you may have to make some payment towards the cost of the services you receive, just as people in that state do. You will not receive a re-fund for this or for private healthcare.

How can I get a refund from the HSE if I paid for healthcare while abroad?

You may be able to get a refund if you had to pay because you did not have your EHIC card with you or because the healthcare providers charged you by mistake.

Apply for a refund by email. Send your receipts to [email protected] . Or email them to [email protected] if you live in Dublin, Wicklow or Kildare.

The HSE will send an E126 form to the health authorities in the other state to find out:

  • If you used a public health service
  • How much of a refund is due

When the HSE receive the completed E126 form from the other state, the HSE can see if a refund is due or not. Further information is available on the HSE website .

What if I don't have my EHIC before I travel?

If you don't have your European Health Insurance Card for any reason, you can get a Temporary Replacement Certificate. This Certificate gives you the same entitlement as the Card, but for a shorter period.

You can apply online for this Certificate, in-person or by post to your Local Health Office. You can only receive a Temporary Replacement Certificate for yourself.

Should I get private travel insurance too?

You should consider it. Your EHIC just covers medical costs. Travel insurance can cover you for cancellation and lost or stolen luggage and extras like winter sports cover.

How much does a European Health Insurance Card cost?

There is no fee for the European Health Insurance Card or a Temporary Replacement Certificate. Renewing a European Health Insurance Card is also free.

Before you travel, apply for an EHIC well in advance of your trip.

If you are living in Ireland

  • If you are an Irish citizen, an Irish pensioner or an EU citizen living in Ireland you can apply for an EHIC:
  • In person at your local health office
  • Online - if you have a medical card or drug payment scheme card and you live in Ireland

You will be asked for proof that you live in Ireland. Your card will be posted out to you within approximately 10 working days.

Apply by post

There are two steps :

  • Download and complete the European Health Insurance Card application form (pdf) .
  • Send the completed form to your Local Health Office. If you can’t download the form, you can get an application from your Local Health Office . You should send your application well in advance of your trip.

You must apply to renew your Card as they are not reissued automatically when they expire. You will need your old EHIC number and your PPS number.

If you have changed your address or your name, you will need to contact your Local Health Office . You should apply well in advance of the date you plan to travel.

Apply to renew your European Health Insurance Card online .

  • Select Renew Current Card at the top of the screen.
  • Enter the 10-digit ID number on your expired Card. This number is on the front of the card at the bottom left.
  • Confirm the address to which the Card will be sent. It should confirm that your application is successful and that a card is being sent out to you.

If you have an EHIC and are visiting Ireland, you can:

  • Receive necessary family doctor (GP) services
  • Receive emergency dental treatment for the relief of pain and urgent dental repairs

You can call the emergency services on 999 or 112 free of charge.

Go to the HSE website for more information.

Related documents

  • Hepatitis C and the Health Amendment Act Card Services that are available to people who contracted Hepatitis C through the use of Human Immunoglobulin-Anti-D or through receiving blood products or blood transfusions in Ireland. 1502.5239
  • Returning to Ireland and buying private health insurance Outlines things you should consider when buying private health insurance as a returning Irish emigrant. Covers waiting periods, pre-existing conditions, age-related loading and maternity related claims. 1460.0255
  • Private health insurance Introduction to private health insurance and the rules that apply to insurance providers. 1419.2324

If you have a question about this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0818 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

You can also contact your local Citizens Information Centre .

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Wondering what the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is for? It makes it easy to take care of your medical care in Europe. It attests to your rights to French health insurance. You can apply for your card before your stay in Europe. The EHIC may be requested for free by any person attached to the Sickness Insurance, whatever his nationality.

Warning  

If you change countries from habitual residence , you must use Form S1, not the European Health Insurance Card, to register for medical care in your new country of residence.

How do I receive my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

Access to care.

The EHIC guarantees direct access to the public health system in the country of residence, without prior contact with the local institution.

The services are provided under the same conditions (terms and conditions, prices) as for the insured persons of the country concerned.

To do this, you present your EHIC or provisional certificate.

Settlement arrangements

If the benefit is free for the insured in the country, it will also be for you. You won't have any money to advance.

You may have to pay the user fee (part of the fees you will pay).

If the benefit is paying , you will need to make an advance payment. You will be able to claim the refund:

  • Or on the spot, at the competent sickness insurance institution of the country of stay. Care is provided in accordance with the social legislation and formalities in force in the country concerned
  • Be back in France. You must keep the invoices and proof of care and present them to your health insurance organization, accompanied by the form cerfa no. 12267 . You have the choice between being reimbursed on the basis of the rates of the French social security or the rates of the country of stay.

The EHIC can be used in a dematerialized version from the Friendly Account application.

If you have a Ameli account , you can request the reimbursement of this care online .

You need to go to your Ameli account.

Get reimbursed for care done abroad from Ameli account

If you're at home MSA , you must contact her for the refund.

Who shall I contact

  • Mutual Social Agricultural Organization (MSA)

health systems vary greatly from one european country to another. Some services can be free in France, but paid for in other countries. Before leaving, find out more about the health care system of the country you are visiting .

Covered care

This card is for medically necessary care.

It also covers chronic or pre-existing diseases and pregnancy and childbirth.

For this, the purpose of the stay should not be to benefit from care. So it shouldn't be scheduled care.

If you did not ask for reimbursement of your medical expenses during your stay, you can present the invoices and the proof of payment to your affiliate upon your return to France.

Care not covered

Private care is not covered. If you receive private care, you can ask for a refund once you return to France, in accordance with the tariff in force in France. The card does not cover the cost of any medical treatment you have scheduled in one of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries or in Switzerland.

The EHIC is not a payment card. It is also not a travel insurance.

Where can the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) be used?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can be used:

  • In States of the European Union / European Economic Area (EU/EEA) )
  • In Switzerland

How do I apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

The menu is free , individual and nominative.

The application must be made for each family member, including children under 16 years of age.

The EHIC must be requested at least 20 days before departure .

In case of urgency or late application, a temporary replacement certificate shall be issued. This certificate is valid for 3 months.

The request must be made to your health insurance body .

General scheme (including self-employed)

Agricultural arrangements.

You can ask for your card on the Ameli site.

Request a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

The request can also be made on the spot by going to the counter.

  • Primary health insurance fund (CPAM)

If you don't have an Ameli account and can't travel, you can also make the request by telephone.

"Numéro d'urgence:" Health insurance - 3646 Health insurance - 3646

To obtain information about your rights and procedures, ask a question about your file, report a change of situation or consult your refunds.

By telephone

Open from Monday to Friday. Attention: the opening hours vary according to your department. As a general rule, opening hours are at least from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Free service + call price, from a fixed or mobile phone.

From Mayotte, dial 02 69 61 91 91, Monday to Thursday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, Friday from 7:30 am to 12 pm.

From the foreigner: +33 1 84 90 36 46 (variable rate depending on the telephone operator).

To facilitate the answers, remember to bring your Vitale card.

By email and chat

Log in to your Ameli account   : click on "My steps" and then "consult my exchange space".

You can also use ameliBOT. This chatbot can help you send an email. He can put you in touch with your health insurance fund. Indeed, if at the end of 2 requests, ameliBOT does not provide you with a satisfactory answer, you can contact a health insurance advisor via the exchange area of the Ameli account.

You can also order it from the Ameli Account smartphone app, available on the App Store and Google Play. 

You can apply online on the MSA website.

The MSA provides instructions for use.

MSA - Special spaces

The request can also be made on site by going to the counter.

How long is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) valid?

The EHIC is valid Maximum 2 years from its date of publication.

The period of validity of the card may not, however, exceed the duration of the data subject's rights to sickness insurance.

How to renew the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

Renewal can be done from the expiry date on the card.

The request is made by courier or telephone.

The application shall be made to the body which issued the 1 er map.

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General scheme (including self-employed persons)

You can ask for your card on the Ameli website.

You can also make the request by phone.

The request can also be made on site at the counter.

In the event of loss or theft, you have the option of reporting it to your Ameli account.

Pending a new card, a provisional EHIC replacement certificate, issued for a limited period of validity, may then be used under the same conditions as the EHIC.

You can make the request on the MSA website.

The request can also be made at the on-site counter.

In case of loss or theft, contact the MSA.

Who can help me?

Find who can answer your questions in your region

Center for European and International Social Security Liaison (Cleiss)

General information on social security abroad and assistance in the application of individuals

+33 (0) 1 45 26 33 41

  • mondays and wednesdays: 9am to 12.30pm
  • tuesday and thursday: 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

Access to contact form

Statute and miscellaneous references

Social Security Code: Articles R160-1 to R160-4

Care provided outside of France

Online services and forms

Online service

Care received abroad - Declaration to be completed by the insured

Ameli Online

Where you can use your card

There are 2 types of cards available for healthcare cover when you’re travelling abroad. You can apply for either: 

  • a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)
  • a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

These both provide the same cover, but the countries they are valid in can change.

If you need temporary cover for emergency treatment abroad and do not have one of these cards, you can apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) . A PRC gives you the same cover as a UK GHIC or UK EHIC would entitle you to, but you cannot apply for this in advance.

For more information on what is covered in the country you're visiting, check the guidance on the GOV.UK website . 

A UK EHIC or UK GHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. It may not cover all health costs and never covers repatriation costs. Make sure you have travel insurance as well as a UK EHIC or UK GHIC.

Which countries are in the EU

The EU countries are:

  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands

Using your card in Switzerland

You can only use your card in Switzerland if you're a:

  • UK national
  • Swiss national
  • citizen of an EU country
  • stateless person
  • family member, dependant, or survivor of someone who holds one of these nationalities or statuses

You may be asked for proof of your nationality or your status when using your card in Switzerland.

Information for overseas students

If you’re a student studying in the EU or Switzerland:

  • both a UK GHIC and a new UK EHIC will cover you for necessary state-provided healthcare within the EU and Switzerland, including your country of study
  • you will not be able to use either card for treatment in Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway

If you’re a student studying in Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway:

  • a new UK EHIC will cover you for necessary state-provided healthcare in your country of study and when visiting EU countries or Switzerland
  • a UK GHIC will cover you for necessary state-provided healthcare when visiting the EU or Switzerland - you will not be able to use your card for treatment in your country of study

If you’re a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country and lived in the UK before 31 December 2020, a UK EHIC will cover necessary state-funded healthcare in all EEA countries.

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Apply for an EHIC

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) lets you get healthcare abroad for free, or at a reduced cost, if you're:

  • on a short-term stay of no more than 3 months
  • studying abroad - you'll be covered for the academic year

You can use an EHIC in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland.

The EU countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The EEA countries are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

How to apply if you live in Ireland

You can apply for an EHIC if you’re living in Ireland and intend to live here for at least 1 year.

You can apply:

  • in person - visit your local public EHIC office
  • online - if you have a medical card or Drugs Payment Scheme card
  • by post - if you live in Dublin North West, Cork North & South Lee or Kilcock

You can apply for an EHIC in person at any local health office except:

  • Dublin North West
  • Cork North & South Lee

To apply in person you will need to download the:

  • EHIC application form (PDF, 102 KB, 2 pages)
  • Irish version of the form - EHIC foirm iarratais (Irish, PDF, 74 KB, 1 page)

Complete the form and bring it to your local public EHIC office along with both of the following:

  • a photo ID - for example, your passport or driving licence
  • proof that you live in Ireland - for example, a rent agreement or an employment contract

You will also need to show 1 of the following:

  • proof of your PPS number - for example, a recent payslip, a Public Services Card or an Employment Detail Summary (the old P60)
  • a letter from the Department of Social Protection if you get any social insurance payments, such as illness benefit, disability allowance or the state pension

You can only apply online if you have a medical card or Drugs Payment Scheme card.

Contact your local health office if you’re having trouble applying online.

You can only apply by post to:

  • Dublin South City

If you live in 1 of these areas, download the:

Complete the form and post it along with copies of both of the following:

You also need to include a copy of 1 of the following:

Do not send original documents with your application form.

Your card will be posted to you within 10 working days of applying. If you need an EHIC urgently, you can get a temporary replacement certificate in person at your local public EHIC office .

Apply as a family

Each family member needs their own EHIC.

You can apply for:

  • your partner
  • any dependent children under the age of 16

A parent or guardian has to apply for any child under the age of 16.

How to apply if you live outside Ireland

If you live in Northern Ireland but are employed in Ireland you can get an Irish-issued EHIC.

Frontier workers

Frontier workers (or cross-border workers) can get an Irish-issued EHIC because they make social security contributions in Ireland. They have to return home at least once a week to qualify.

To apply you'll need:

  • your most recent payslip
  • a recent utility bill as proof of address

Apply as a frontier worker

Student dependants of frontier workers

You can get an Irish-issued EHIC if all of the following apply:

  • you’re age 18 to 23 years
  • you’re the dependant of a frontier worker
  • you’re studying in the EU, EEA or Switzerland
  • you have a completed School or College Details form (PDF, 400 KB, 1 page)

Ask your school or college to complete the form before you begin your EHIC application.

Apply as a student

If you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can get an Irish-issued EHIC if you:

  • receive a state pension from Ireland and have an Irish-issued E Form/S1 form (certificate of entitlement) registered in your country of residence
  • are a worker sent to work in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland by your Irish employer
  • are a frontier worker (cross-border worker) living in the EU/EEA and working in Ireland
  • are a family member of a posted worker or of someone working in Ireland and you are not covered in your own right by the EU/EEA country you live in

You can apply online or by post. 

Apply online if you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland

You can apply online if you're:

  • an EU, EEA or Swiss resident living in Europe (not Ireland)
  • an Irish citizen or Irish pensioner living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland

To apply online you’ll need your: 

You'll need the same details of any dependants you’re applying for.

Apply online

You should only use this online form if you live outside Ireland in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland.

Apply by post if you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland

To apply by post you’ll need to:

  • download and print the application form (PDF, 298 KB, 1 page)
  • fill in the form and post it to the EU Regulations Office

EU Regulations Office, HSE, North West Wing, St. Joseph's Health Campus, Mulgrave Street, Limerick, Ireland

You should only use this address if you live outside Ireland in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland.

If you're not eligible for an Irish-issued EHIC, check if you're eligible for an EHIC in the country you live in.

You can get an EHIC when studying abroad if all of the following apply:

  • you’re age 18 to 23
  • you have been living in Ireland
  • you’re going to study in the EU, EEA or Switzerland

Apply by emailing [email protected] .

Attach both of the following as PDFs:

  • a completed EHIC application form (PDF, 298 KB, 1 page)
  • a confirmation letter from the college stating the start date and end date of the academic year

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