How to apply for your European Health Insurance Card
Firstly, please remember, there is no charge for the EHIC card. Any website attempting to charge you for your EHIC is not connected to the HSE or any State services.
If you already have a medical card or a drug payment scheme card:
If you do not have a medical card or a drug payment scheme card:
If you are travelling within a short timeframe, you should request a temporary replacement certificate:
If you are resident outside Ireland, living in another EU/EEA State
Remember there is no charge for the EHIC card.
What personal details do I need to give in order to get my Card?
You will need to provide your name, address, date of birth, Personal Public Service (PPS) Number. You may be asked to show evidence of your PPS Number, such as a P60 or a Social Services Card. You may also need to show proof that you are ordinarily resident in Ireland. More details are provided on the application form or available from your local Health Office.
What is my Personal Public Service Number or PPS Number?
Your PPS Number was formerly known as your RSI number. It is the unique number used by an individual in his or her transactions with the State – social welfare, health services, taxation etc. More details regarding your PPS Number are provided on the application form. If you do not know your PPS Number, contact your local Social Welfare Office and they will find your number for you. For further information regarding the PPS Number visit www.welfare.ie
Where can I use my Card?
You can use your Card to get necessary healthcare while on a temporary stay in all the countries of the European Economic Area, and in one other country, Switzerland. The European Economic Area includes the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) and four member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
EU member states
||UK (the Card is not essential for access to necessary healthcare in the UK – proof of residency in Ireland is sufficient)
Members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
- Principality of Liechtenstein
- Swiss Confederation