E111 European Health Insurance Card Application Service

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can be used to cover any necessary medical treatment due to either an accident or illness within the European Economic Area (EEA). The EHIC entitles the holder to state-provided medical treatment within the country they are visiting and the service provided will be the same as received by a person covered by the country’s ‘insured’ medical scheme.

The European Health Insurance Card came into existence on the 1st of January 2006

How to Apply for the EHIC:

  • At the Post Office® - You can collect an application form and post it yourself or you can use the Post Office® Check & Send service, where they will check the application form and post the form off for you. This service offers the convenience, ease and reassurance that the form is completed correctly and the charge is £2 per application form. Your application should be processed within 21 days.

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  • By Telephone - You can telephone the NHSBSA automated EHIC Application Line on 0845 606 2030. Your application should be processed within 10 days. There will be no charge for making your application in this way.

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  • Online - You can use the NHSBSA website which can be found at www.nhs.uk/ehic to apply for your EHIC. There will be no charge for making your application in this way and you should receive your card(s) within 7 working days. Alternatively you can use our application review and forwarding service. Customers utilising the application service can normally expect to receive their card(s) within 7 - 10 working days. Prior to forwarding your application to the NHSBSA on the official website our staff will examine your application for errors made during the application process, such as undeliverable addresses and incorrect eligibility ages, for example. A processing fee of £9.95 will be charged to cover administrative and operational expenses.