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Old 11 Aug 20, 06:59 AM  
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Morning folks

Can someone please confirm whether we will need an EHIC card if travelling to Europe? Weve not been to Europe for around 10 years so am not sure. We have worldwide travel insurance. Also, would it be received in card format or can it be stored electronically on your phone? Also, how long do they usually take to receive.

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Old 11 Aug 20, 07:07 AM  
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Morning folks

Can someone please confirm whether we will need an EHIC card if travelling to Europe? Weve not been to Europe for around 10 years so am not sure. We have worldwide travel insurance. Also, would it be received in card format or can it be stored electronically on your phone? Also, how long do they usually take to receive.

Thank you
My son is off to Italy and his EHIC was out of date so just sent off for renewal and it took about 5 days, its a card

Am just covering all bases, he will also have travel insurance
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Old 11 Aug 20, 07:52 AM  
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Thanks Edie ours ran out years ago and were due to go to DLP first thing on Monday morning. Im going to call them when they open this morning see if we can get them quicker. Only booked this trip last minute too oh dear 😒
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Old 11 Aug 20, 08:04 AM  
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My husband applied for his before we went to Gran Canaria and it didnt arrive in time. However, on its website it does give information as to what to do if you dont have your card in time and you need medical assistance. I think you need to know your N.I number as one of the things.
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Old 11 Aug 20, 08:38 AM  
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I think that you should have BOTH travel insurance and an EHIC for European travel - the reasoning being that the travel insurance policy will only want to pay for treatment that is not covered by the EHIC.

Here's the wording from my policy -
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (Residents of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland only) If you are travelling to countries in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland we strongly advise that you take an EHIC with you...This will allow you to benefit from the reciprocal health arrangements which exist with these countries. You should take reasonable steps to use these arrangements where possible.
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Old 11 Aug 20, 09:45 AM  
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BETH - absolutely agree EHIC and good Travel Insurance for all European travel.
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Old 11 Aug 20, 09:52 AM  
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Mine took just over a week to receive the card so probably best worth applying now so hopefully processed before you go. They're only valid until the end of the year.
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Old 11 Aug 20, 11:16 AM  
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Just apply - dont worry about receiving the card. I know from sorry experience that you can also apply retrospectively if something goes wrong ! If you needed treatment they would give you a number over the phone
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Ordered mine last week and it came today
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Originally Posted by patjeff63 View Post
BETH - absolutely agree EHIC and good Travel Insurance for all European travel.
Even more so next year after Brexit!
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