FAQs

Can anyone get a European Health Insurance Card?
What treatment does the Card entitle me to when I go abroad?
Do I need private insurance in addition to the Card?
Is there a charge for the card?
Will I need to apply for a new Card each time I go abroad?
How long will it take to get a Card?
What if I don’t have time to get a Card before I travel?
What do I do if I become ill or injured in another Member State?
Do I need a Card to get healthcare while on a visit to the UK?
Can I speak to someone about this change?
What should I do if I lose the card?
What will the card look like?
How do I renew my card?
I've changed address, what do I do?

 

Can anyone get a European Health Insurance Card?
You can get a European Health Insurance Card in Ireland if you are ordinarily resident here.

What treatment does the Card entitle me to when I go abroad?
The Card entitles you to necessary healthcare in the public system of any EU / EEA member state or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay in that country. The Card does not cover the cost of treatment in a private setting.

The Card does not entitle you to travel abroad with the aim of getting healthcare through the public system.

Do I need private insurance in addition to the Card?
Public healthcare systems vary from country to country, and few countries pay the full cost of healthcare for holders of the Card. The Card does not cover the cost of repatriation. In addition, illness or an accident abroad may mean extra travel and accommodation costs. You may therefore wish to take out private insurance for your trip. For more information about your entitlements in particular countries, contact your Local Health Office.

Is there a charge for the card?
There is NO charge for the EHIC card and anyone asking for money IS NOT connected with the HSE.

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Will I need to apply for a new Card each time I go abroad?
No. Your Card will be valid for up to 4 years.

How long will it take to get a Card?
You will receive your Card within approximately 10 working days of receipt of your application.

What if I don’t have time to get a Card before I travel?
You can get a Temporary Replacement Certificate, which gives you the same entitlement as the Card, but for a shorter period, and can be issued by your local Health Office. One Temporary Replacement Certificate is issued per person.

What do I do if I become ill or injured in another Member State?
To obtain healthcare with the Card, go to the nearest public system doctor, public hospital, or other public treatment centre and present your Card. Treatment in a private setting is not covered by the Card.

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Do I need a Card to get healthcare while on a visit to the UK?
No. You can get healthcare if needed during a temporary stay in the UK by giving proof of residency in Ireland. There is no need for a Card, although your Card will of course be sufficient to access such treatment.

Can I speak to someone about this change?
If you would like more information, please call your Local Health Office

What should I do if I lose the card?
If you card is lost and you need a new card contact your nearest Local Health Office

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What will the card look like?
The card is shown here:

EHIC Card

How do I renew my card?
You can renew your EHIC online or contact your Local Health Office

I've changed address, what do I do?
If any of your details have changed (e.g. address, etc.) since your last card was issued you must contact your Local Health Office to have this information updated in advance of renewal.

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