Home Office UK Passport Renewal

The Home Office is a government branch of the United Kingdom that handles passport services. UK Passport Services are available to any residence and citizen of the Great Britain region. This includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you are looking to renew a UK passport, this will be your helpful guide, the most effective and efficient way. You will have several options to choose in renewing your passport.

The Home Office Main Customer Service number is 0300 222 0000. There is also an online inquiry form if you have any general passport questions. You can also send your non-urgent inquiries to the main offices in Southport via post. You can address all letters to Mark Thomson, the Director General of Her Majesty’s Passport Office; Registrar General for England and Wales.

HM Passport Office
PO Box 767


The Home Office highly recommends you refrain from booking international travel until you have a valid passport in hand.

Why do you need to renew a UK passport?

The answer is simple. You need to renew a passport because it has expired, or it will soon be expiring. Moreover, if you have a child passport, it is likelier to expire faster than an adult passport.You also need to renew a passport as a replacement because it was stolen, or lost.

You also need to renew a passport as a replacement because it was stolen, lost, or damaged, making the biometric chip unreadable.

Lastly, if you are changing person details about yourself, including your name, or you have gone through a physical change, you will need a new passport to verify your identity properly.

Who is eligible to renew a passport?

  • British citizens
  • British overseas territories citizens
  • British overseas citizens
  • Britsh subjects
  • British overseas nationals
  • British protected people
  • All people from birth must have a passport to leave or enter the entire UK

How long does a renewal process take?

The average passport replacement or renewal process is three full weeks. If you have incorrectly filed your application, however, it can take even longer. When you do not receive a passport after six weeks, it is a good idea to call HM Passport Office number 0300 222 0000. This advice and complaints line is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm. It is also open on weekends and public holidays from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

You do have an option for expedited shipping in the case of an emergency or urgent matter. Premium passport services include a 1-day service. This includes an interview at the Passport Customer Service Centre, where you will receive your passport renewal four hours after your completed appointment. You will need a completed application form, 2 photos, and supporting documents. You may have someone pick up the passport for you but this must be arranged online first. The other option is 1-week service. Fees are all listed below.

HM Passport Renewal Options – Adult and Child

  • Online
  • Paper Form in Person
  • Appointments by Phone or online
  • Overseas Passport
  • For Disabled Passport Assistance visit the HM Passport Website or dial the following Home Office free number 0800 138 8808.

HM Passport Customer Service Centres

  • Belfast
  • Durham
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Newport
  • Peterborough

HM Passport Renewal Fees

  1. Normal Service (Online or by Post)
    Renew an adult (16 years of age and older) 32-page passport – £72.50
    Renew an adult (16 years of age and older) 48-page passport – £85.50
    Renew a child (Under the age of 16 years) passport – £46
    Passport Renewal for Person born on or before September 2, 1929 – Free
  2. Post Office Passport Check and Send Service
    Renew an adult (16 years of age and older) 32-page passport – £82.25
    Renew an adult (16 years of age and older) 48-page passport – £95.25
    Renew a child (Under the age of 16 years) passport – £55.75
    Passport Renewal for Person born on or before September 2, 1929 – Free
    HM passport normal service fees
  3. 1-day Premium Service
    Renew a standard adult 32-page passport – £128
    Renew an adult 48-page passport – £137
    Change a name in a standard adult 32-page passport (with marriage or civil partnership certificate as proof) – £128
    Change name for an adult 48-page passport (with marriage or civil partnership certificate as proof) – £137
    Change a standard adult 32-page passport – Not Available
    Change an adult 48-page passport – Not Available
    Replace an adult passport that was lost, stolen or damaged – Not Available
    Renew or change a child passport – Not Available
    Replace a child passport that was lost, stolen or damaged – Not Available
    Renew a passport for a British National born on or before September 2, 1929 – £55.50
  4. 1-week Fast Track Service
    Renew a standard adult 32-page passport – £103
    Renew an adult 48-page passport – £111
    Change a name in a standard adult 32-page passport (with marriage or civil partnership certificate as proof) – £103
    Change name for an adult 48-page passport (with marriage or civil partnership certificate as proof) – £111
    Change a standard adult 32-page passport – £103
    Change an adult 48-page passport – £111
    Replace an adult passport that was lost, stolen or damaged – £103
    Renew or change a child passport – £87
    Replace a child passport that was lost, stolen or damaged – £87
    Renew a passport for a British National born on or before September 2, 1929 – £30.50
    HM Passport Service Fees
  5. Overseas Adult (Does not include £19.86 Courier Fee)
    Adult standard 32-page passport – £83 + Fee = £102.86
    Adult standard 48-page passport – £91 + Fee = £110.86
    Overseas Adult Fee
  6. Overseas Child (Does not include £19.86 Courier Fee)
    Child passport – £53 + Fee = £72.86
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HM Passport Renewal and Replace Online

You can easily apply for, renew, replace or update a UK passport online. You can additionally pay for it online. This service is slightly different than the current beta version which includes printing your application. This will be a step by step process for renewal online.

  • Step 1 – Go online and click the green “Start Now” button.

UK passport renewal online

  • Step 2 – Are you applying from within the UK? Yes or no. Click Continue.
  • Step 3 – Click the Renew British Passport / Replace service. Click continue.
  • Step 4 – Enter date of birth. Click continue.
  • Step 5 – Enter Current Passport Issue date. Click continue.
  • Step 6 – Is your passport damaged? Yes or no. Click Continue.
  • Step 7 – For dual-tri-citizens: Do you have uncancelled passports from other countries? Yes or no. Click Continue.
  • Step 8 – Read disclaimer before continuing. Click Continue.

UK Passport disclaimer

  • Step 9 – Read Instructions. Click Continue.
  • Step 10 – Arrange your passport photos. Click continue.

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  • Step 11 – Choose a photo method. Do it yourself, buy from a shop, or digital download. Click continue.
  • Step 12 – Upload your photo. Await approval.

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  • Step 13 – Do you have a plain expression. Answer accurately. Click continue.
  • Step 14 – Are there any shadows on your face. Answer accurately. Click continue.
  • Step 15 – Review your photo with the rules once more. Click Submit Photo.
  • Step 16 – Are you recognisable? Yes or no. Click Continue.
  • Step 17 – Insert your previous passport number and Expiry Date. Click continue. You will need to send in your old passport with the application as well. It will then be cancelled.
  • Step 18 – If your passport has expired prior to 2013, you will need to apply a different way. This includes going to the Post office.
  • Step 19 – Once you have successfully entered your passport information, you will be asked to enter your personal details. What is your title? Click continue.
  • Step 20 – Full name details. Click continue.
  • Step 21 – Gender. Click continue.
  • Step 22 – Birth information. Click continue.

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  • Step 23 – Home Address. Click continue.
  • Step 24 – Contact Details. Click Continue.
  • Step 25 – Select Passport (Braille Sticker available for free). Click continue.
  • Step 26 – Signing your passport online. Click continue.
  • Step 27 – Choosing method of sending back old passport. Special delivery costs £3 or the standard post is free.

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  • Step 28 – Review details and click continue.
  • Step 29 – Declaration. Click I agree and continue to payment.

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Step 30 – Payment, print and mail your application to the following address:
HM Passport Office
PO Box 767


HM Passport Renewal Online – Newer Version (Overseas)

To apply online you will need a credit card or debit card, a printer with sufficient amounts of black ink, and your previous passport number (if you have one of course). You will fill out an application with all necessary details. You will then pay with verified credit options. You will print out a declaration form and sign it. You will then send your application to the local Home Office passport centre for review. You should expect to receive a passport within three weeks following this process. If missing information or other information is needed you will be contacted directly.

  • Step 1 – Go online and click the green “Start an Application” button. If you are returning user just click the green “Login” button.
  • Step 2 – Select the United Kingdom for your residence and click the next button. If you are applying from overseas select your country.Passport_Online_Step_by_Step_2
  • Step 3 – Select your passport – red, blue, or black. Click the next button.
  • Step 4 – Answer the question about whether or not the passport has been stolen or lost. Click next.
  • Step 5 – Answer the question about whether or not the passport has been damaged. Click next.
  • Step 6 – Answer the question about changing your name. Click next.
  • Step 7 – Answer the question whether or not you need a new passport photo. This will depend on mostly for people who go through physical changes, or children who are no longer minors. Click next.
  • Step 8 – Review your answers. Edit details or click next.
  • Step 9 -Read the passport disclosure and click the box to agree with the statements made above.
  • Step 10 – Fill out the application including your full name, gender, date of birth, place of birth. Click next.
  • Step 11 – Provide details of the current passport number. Click next.
  • Step 12 – Provide a credit or debit card. Agree to make the payment and click next.
  • Step 13 – Print up the application.
  • Step 14 – Mail the document with 2 passport photos to the following address:
    HM Passport Office
    PO Box 767

    PR8 9PW

HM Passport Renewal Paper Form

You can gain access to a paper application by calling the Passport Adviceline or getting more information online. You can also visit any local Post Office that has a Check and Send service.

What is Check and Send Passport Renewal?

By using the Post Office locator, you can find the nearest branch that will allow you the option to apply for a passport renewal with a written form and application. This is an easy process and will lead to a passport renewal within a few weeks time. You can pay at the post office using cash, credit or debit card, or a postal order. Any postal order must be made out to the “Post Office Limited”.

At the post office, you will fill out the application form. You will provide all necessary documents. You will provide any photos that are required. You will pay. Believe it or not, by using this service you are saving time, because posting your online or home application will take an extra few days to the application to arrive before it is processed. This service is instant.

HM Passport Renewal Appointment

Currently, the HM Passport Renewal office is not taking applications by phone. However, you can schedule an appointment by calling the Passport Adviceline, 0300 222 0000. Appointments can also be scheduled online. Following the link and answer all questions before paying by credit card.

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HM Passport Overseas Renewal

If you are currently abroad and need to renew a passport, this is your step-by-step process to do so. This process will take minimum four weeks to replace an old passport.

  1. Step 1 – Go online to the main overseas passport renewal page and click the green continue button.
    Overseas Passport Renewal
  2. Step 2 – Select which country or territory you are currently residing in – this is a toolbar that drops. After your selection is made, click the green next step button.
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  3. Step 3 – Select which type of passport you are trying to renew. Your options include red, black, blue, replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport, or applying for a first one. Afterward, click the green next step button.
  4. Step 4 – Choose adult or child. You also now have the option to change previous selections or start over entirely. Click the green next step button.
  5. Step 5 – Review the guidelines web page and begin the online application. You can also download the Home Office Overseas Passport Renewal guidebook.

Helpful Links

UK Drivers License Renewal DVLA Fees, Postal Office and Forms

Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency – or also known as DVLA drivers license renewal. If you are looking to renew your driver’s licence online, over the phone, or in person, this is your guide to doing so in the right way.

What you need to Renew Online

  • A valid UK passport
  • Be an active resident of Great Britain
  • Northern Ireland residents have a different process
  • A credit card to pay the £14 transaction fee (fees are waived for people over the age of 70 or with a medical condition)
  • An address or multiple addresses dating back three years
  • Your current photocard driver’s licence
  • Your National Insurance number if you have it available. If not, find out.
  • To have a good driving record – no negative marks that would disqualify you

How to apply for a renewal driver’s licence online for free

When you apply online it will take one week to deliver your new licence. However, you must send your old licence photocard to the special address given at the end of the application for renewal process. Your new licence is automatically activated from the moment your application is approved from the date of your current licence expiry date.

Step-by-Step Process for Government Gateway ID Free Online Licence Renewal

  1. Visit the official gov website where you are able to start the application process online.
  2. https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence
  3. Click the Start Now > button so you can begin the application process.
    Start renew proces
  4. Decide whether or not you are going to need the special Welsh / Cymraeg Version. If so, click the red hyperlink at the top of the page and it will immediately translate the language so you can understand. If this is not necessary then follow the Step-by-Step process.
  5. Pay close attention to the warning that if at any time that you press the “back”, “forward”, or “refresh” buttons on your web browser you will forfeit the process and need to start over again. And be sure to read the warnings/policy pages.
  6. Only you can apply for your own driver’s licence and no one can forge the application process for you.
  7. Existing Users logon to their account using this link.
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  8. Or one can re-register if they have forgotten their password information.
  9. New Users must register to begin the application process of Licence Renewal. Be sure to fill out all the information accurately.
    Driving Licence application renewal information
  10. Fill out your home information and click the next button.
    Next step on the application
  11. Correctly accept your location and click the next button.
  12. Fill out how long you have lived at this residence. You must fill in both years and months. If you have lived at one address for less than 3 years, the website will request you provide enough addresses dating back three years. Afterward accept your changes made by pressing the next button. Your address for driving licence application
  13. Enter your current driver’s licence number and note YES or NO to the question: “Is the address printed on your driving licence listed above?” If the address does not match the licence number, you will be asked to enter a new address that does confirm the address and number.
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  14. You will then be asked to provide your National Insurance number, UK Passport number, a series of Password protection questions.
  15. Following this you will be registered and permitted to move forward with the renewal process.

Other Ways to Renew Your Licence

  1. Apply at the Post Office
    All licence holders will receive in the mail a reminder that it is time to renew a licence. This letter is imperative when renewing without a licence in hand. Without it, you must bring your photocard licence with you to the post office. In order to find the nearest Post Office branch that handles renewal services please use the Post Locator, a great online tool.
    Additionally you will need to bring with you the following items

    1. Your photocard licence if you have it
    2. The £21.50 fee
  2. Apply by Post
    Once you have received your renewal letter you must order a D1 pack of forms from the DVLA main website. Alternatively, you can go to the local post office and pick one up there.
    Apply by Post - drivers license renewal forms
    D1 Pack
    All applications must be sent with the following:

    1. The completed D1 pack forms
    2. A passport sized photo without a signature on the backside
    3. Your current licence photocard, if you have it
    4. A cheque or postal order for £17 – this must be payable to DVLA. If you are medically disabled or over the age of 70, no fee is required at this time.
    5. Any of the relevant identity documents, showing proof of name.
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  3. If you apply by post or at the post office
    1. Your driving licence will arrive within a 3 weeks period.
    2. You can continue driving even without your new licence

Additional Contact Information

If you have any questions you can access all relevant DVLA Contact information at the government website: https://www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla

DVLA contact info

Once you click the Start Now button select Driving Licences and Applications. You will then be given multiple contact options:

  1. By Phone
    The DVLA driver licensing customer service phone number is 0300 790 6801. This DVLA contact helpline is open from 8 AM to 7 PM Monday to Friday. It is also open on Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM. It is closed on Sundays and on all public or bank holidays.
  2. By Email
    The DVLA customer service email is a web form. You will be guided through a series of questions to get to the correct email. For Licence renewal do the following step-by-step.

    1. A GB driving licence >> Continue
    2. Renew or reapply for a driving licence (including after disqualification) >> Continue
    3. Renew a driving licence >> Continue
    4. Renewing a GB licence with a new photograph >> Continue
    5. Or simply go to this DVLA renewal email link and fill out the contents
      Renewing UK licence details
  3. By post
    Send all enquiries to this DVLA Headquarters address:
    Drivers Customer Services
    Correspondence Team
    SA6 7JL
  4. Tips for Contacting DVLA
    1. It takes up to three weeks to receive a renewed licence
    2. Wait minimum two weeks if you applied online
    3. Wait the full three weeks if by post
    4. If you have not received your licence after three weeks please call 0300 790 6801.

What if I lost my licence?

In the event you lost a licence, or it was stolen, damaged, or destroyed, you can have it replaced by visiting the gov.uk website. As of 8 June 2015 you will no longer need to maintain your original paper copy of your licence as proof.

You can get a replacement provisional or full driving licence by applying online if you have these unfortunate things happen. You can do this by applying through the Government Gateway ID or in person.

Before applying please notify the Police about your licence. This will serve as a record on file that it was either stolen or lost or damaged. More importantly, this will prevent possible identity theft in the future.

To replace a lost, stolen or damaged licence you will need the following:

  • Proof of residency in the UK
  • Good standing and not disqualified to drive
  • A credit card to pay the £20 fee
  • A valid address or addresses showing residency for three years

In the event you find a lost or stolen licence after you have had a replacement you must send your old licence to the following address:

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Following your application process you will receive an email confirmation Print this and maintain it for your purposes. This will be the only proof you have of a completed application.

What if I need to change my name on my licence?

If you need to change your name on your licence, you will need a new licence altogether. You must send in your old licence along with the following DVLA application form – D1. If you drive a bus or lorry, you will need form D2. Forms can be downloaded from DVLA online.

With your old licence and completed form you will need to send a passport style photo, £17 to cover fees and the original document showing your name change.

Additionally, you are required to update your V5C vehicle registration certificate. This is known as a log book.

What if I need to change my address on my licence?

Lucky for you, you will not have to pay any fee when changing the address on your licence. It is recommended you apply in person at the post.

European Health Insurance Card Application and Renew for Free (E111)

The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC Card is a free card that is issued free of charge to an EEA or Swiss resident. This was previously known as an E111 card for tourists, E119 – for unemployed people or job seekers and E128 – for students and workers in another member state. This card helps a person to avail many facilities if he or she possesses an EHIC. It is issued for free but the only condition of an EEA or Swiss residency is applicable. The people who are insured by or covered by a statutory social security scheme of Switzerland or any EEA country will receive medical treatment for free in another member state. In case not free, the cost will be reduced especially in case of accident or illness. Also, this card will help manage prolonged kidney related issues. For instance, dialysis can be given for free or at a reduced cost with the help of this EHIC Card UK.

The main purpose of the EHIC health card Ireland is to make it convenient for people to avail medical facilities. This means, they will not have to go back to the home country to get medical assistance. Ehic card use in UK has made it convenient for the EEA and Swiss residents to get medical facilities. Obviously, like any other scheme, ehic also has some exceptions attached to it, which is discussed later below. The ehic card only covers healthcare which is normally covered by a legislative health care system in the visited country.

The right to health care in Europe, which has made the existence of EHIC. This is based on the country of legal residence, and not the country of citizenship. So, if you say, I am having a passport, this will not mean right to receive health care. However, since the European Health Insurance Card does not contain a photograph, so passport can be asked for as photo ID evidence.

All the residents from the United Kingdom are highly recommended to apply for and carry a valid and up to date EHIC card. The valid ehic card can be used throughout any European Economic Area country and Switzerland to access medical treatment provided by the country’s state healthcare system. The travellers can visit the NHS England Site via the page to get detailed country-by-country information on what’s covered in each.

Ehic Eligibility Criteria

Following are mentioned some points to prove the eligibility criteria for EHIC card:

  • Applicants must be UK residents.
  • You must be an EU, EEA or Swiss national
  • If you are applying on behalf of any applicants, then it is important to get their consent when disclosing any personal information.
  • Within the EU, you must reside in UK and not in any other state.

Countries Involved:

The European Health Insurance cards (EHIC) are provided free of charge to all official residents of the participating countries. The lists of countries involved in EHIC are twenty eight member states of the European Union and four states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

The countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France including Martinique and Guadeloupe, Estonia, Germany, Greece including Greek Islands; Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal including Madeira; Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway, Serbia, Spain including Balearic Islands and Canary Islands, Sweden and the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Since 1 January 2006, EHIC has been recognized in all these countries.

There are few cases in which even if a person is covered by the health insurance of an EU country, he/she is not eligible for a European Health Insurance Card. For example, Romania is also the only participating country where not all permanent residents are covered by a health insurance. In Romania, a person who is currently insured has to have been insured for the previous five years to be eligible for the card. So, that is why the Romanian people typically neither have European insurance cards nor is the costs paid by the country of their residence.

There are some European countries which do not accept the EHIC. The list is as follows and the travellers should make sure of their insurance cover before they travel to these countries:

  • The Channel Islands, including Guernsey, Alderney and Sark
  • The Isle of Man
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • The Vatican
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

Covering points of ehic card

  • The card holder gets the right to access state-provided healthcare at lower costs or sometimes free of charge as well. This even includes treatment of pre existing or chronic medical issues if any during your stay.
  • The ehic card can be used in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland
  • The ehic card is to be applied free of charge using the ehic card apply gov online portal or through the automated service on the ehic card apply contact number 0300 330 1350 here
  • The ehic card should not be taken as a substitute for private travel insurance. Any bills at the private healthcare institutions are not being covered. Even the monetary loss or unexpected expenses are also not being covered.
  • The card can only be used during regular travel.
  • The European Health Insurance Card is valid for up to 5 years and it has to be renewed after this time for future travel.
  • It is always important to check the expiry every time before you plan your travel.
  • If you are on holiday, oxygen and kidney dialysis are also covered.
  • For the people with pre existing medical conditions, routine medical care is also included.
  • Routine maternity care is also included. If the birth happens then EHIC will cover the cost of all medical treatment for mother and baby
  • The card is individual and it is required for each of your children. A family European Health Insurance Card does not exist. In other words, if the families are travelling a card for each member will be required to cover for them.
  • The type of treatment that is covered actually varies from country to country. The NHS website via the page gives a complete idea as to what is covered wherever you are going.

Some points not included in EHIC Card

The medical facilities have been made easy for the ones having an EHIC card but there are certain conditions as well. The following are excluded from the list:

  1. Firstly, the EHIC card will not cover individuals who have visited a particular country for the purpose of obtaining health care facilities or for giving birth to a child. In these cases, EHIC do not cover the costs. However, the exception here is that while you are travelling, if you go into labor, then the costs of all medical treatments for mother and baby will be covered.
  2. Next, care for instance, dental care services are not covered under the scheme. This is because the dental treatment can be delayed until the person reaches back to the home country.
  3. Also, the EHIC Card UK does not cover travel insurance.
  4. It also does not cover any private medical healthcare or costs
  5. The card cover is also not valid on cruises. It will not cover any treatment you may receive while you are at sea
  6. The card may not be accepted in some parts of the EEA because of non availability of state healthcare.
  7. The card will not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK or mountain rescue. It will not cover the cost of being flown back to the UK from any destination in case of an accident or injury. So, the patient has to bear for the costs.
  8. Ehic does not cover mountain rescue- the EHIC card does not provide cover in a ski resort

If you do not have your EHIC card with you, or do not have ehic card use in UK, then the payment for the treatment has to be given yourself and then it can be claimed for reimbursement once you get home. It is always advisable to the travellers to travel with both your EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. With EHIC, many insurers will waive the excess.

Application for UK based EHIC:

In regard to ehic card apply UK, if you are ordinarily resident in the UK and not insured by another EEA (European Economic Area) country, then you will considered to be insured by the UK under EU law and will have the ehic card UK issued. If you are insured by another EEA country then authority in the same country is required to be contacted to request for the EHIC.

Every member of the family needs an EHIC card including children. You can follow the ehic card apply terms and do it on your child’s behalf, if they are still in education and under 19 years of age.

The details which are required for the application form are mentioned below:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance (NI) number or NHS Number or Health and Care Number in Northern Ireland and it should be noted that NI numbers should not be temporary. CHI numbers to be provided by residents of Scotland

Applying details for Non-EEA nationals:

If in case you or any of your family members are non EEA nationals, then few other evidences are required to be attached to prove your eligibility. The application form can be downloaded through the page and with this, you can attach UK residence permit or copy of the visa and this has to be sent by post at the below mentioned address

Overseas Healthcare Services, NHS Business Services Authority, Bridge House, 152 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SN

Living in Europe:

You are entitled for UK based EHIC if you live in another EEA country or Switzerland, if any one of the following conditions applies:

  • If you are working in another EEA country or Switzerland and posted there by your UK employer, or living in the EEA and working in the UK
  • If you are a family member of a posted worker and you are not covered in your own right by the EEA country you reside in
  • If in case you receive a UK State Pension or exportable UK benefit and have a UK-issued S1 form

For the students studying abroad:

A student will be needed to apply for ehic or student ehic when planning to study in another EEA country. The ehic cards apply by post has to be followed by downloading the ehic application form via the page and then to be sent to NHS Business Services Authority at the following address:

NHS Business Services Authority, EHIC Applications, Bridge House, 152 Bridge House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SN

The applications are not accepted online or over the telephone. The student ehic will remain valid till the duration of the course. You should note here that if you already have a regular EHIC, then it has to be returned while applying for the student ehic. Some norms also have to be followed in case where your course is part of UK university course or not. If it is a part, then the student ehic application must also be accompanied by few details such as

  • name and address of the UK educational institution
  • the date your course started
  • The due date to finish your course. These dates apply to the entire college course
  • address of where you are studying overseas
  • and the details of the qualification you are studying for

If the course is not part of a UK university course, then following details should be attached with the ehic application:

  • address of where you are studying overseas
  • the date your course started
  • the due date to finish your course
  • details of the qualification you are studying for

Lastly, to state; that the residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not eligible for an EHIC.

Ehic card Apply

Let’s start the card process by first applying for it. You can do the ehic card apply online using an application form via the page. The ehic cards UK apply also to be done on behalf of your partner. You also need ehic card apply for baby and any of your children under 16 as every family member requires an EHIC. No charges are being levied here. The card is generally sent within 7 days of applying.

As discussed above, to sum up now, following are the options for the Ehic card apply UK:

Ehic card application Online:

Using the official EHIC website, you can apply for ehic card UK online. If you are a UK resident, then it is very much likely that you will be accepted for an EHIC card. The application process is simple and less time consuming. Firstly, account has to be created as explained below. After registration, a link will be sent from the EHIC website to your email. You need to click the link in order to activate this and then you can go into the EHIC services portal and EHIC card apply login is done. The NHS ehic card login process generally delivers in about 7 working days.

Over the Ehic card phone number:

The order for the new ehic card can also be placed over the telephone. You can just call the European health insurance card NHS number 0300 330 1350 here. The call will be connected to an operator who will command the entire application process. Through this method, the card is delivered in around 10 working days

Ehic card apply by post:

Can I apply for an ehic card by post– the question generally arises and the answer is Yes. The application form has to be downloaded from the official EHIC website or even you can get it from your local post office and the completed form to be sent at the below mentioned address:

NHS Business Services Authority,

European Health Insurance Card, EHIC Applications, Bridge House, 152 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6SN

Through this method, it can take up to 21 working days to receive your new EHIC card.

All the three methods are simple to follow and you can simply choose the one you prefer most.

EHIC Card UK Login

The users can sign in to the ehic card login page using email and password via the page.

In order to access the EHIC services portal, the registration has to be done by submitting your personal details via the page. There are some points to remember as follows:

  • You must be at least 16 years old to register
  • If, you are under 16, then your guardian has to register on your behalf using their own details
  • The name should be the same as appears on your passport.

Ehic Card Expiry

The ehic card is valid for 5 years and if the ehic card expired, then the online ehic card renewal login can be done up to 6 months before the expiry date. If none of the personal details have been changed and you are a UK resident, then ehic card login renewal can easily be done online and at free of cost. The renewal details are mentioned below.

Renewing EHIC Card

The healthcare facilities becomes easily accessible if you are going throughout any country in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, at a reduced cost or free as well in some cases. The ehic card validity period is for a maximum of five years. Before the ehic card expiry date, you can renew EHIC card UK up to 6 months. The ehic card renewal cost is zero which means that the renewing process is free of charge. So, you should be aware of unofficial websites charging you some amount to download the EHIC renewal form or to complete the renew European Health Insurance Card process.

The ehic card Renewal form is accessible via the page where you can submit all the desired information. This page includes the forms for renew for yourself and forms for up to 4 children. The ehic card with partner can also be renewed up to 4 children living at the same address (under 18 years of age) using the form via the page. In order to get the Ehic card Renewal Ireland, you must be living in Ireland and this can be done easily online using the web page.

When the renewal is done, and if ehic card not arrived before travel, you will still be covered. This is because of the reason that the EHIC cover begins on the date you make your application.

Living Abroad:

If you are living abroad and seeking for EHIC card renewal UK, then you should contact Overseas Healthcare Services either at the address: Overseas Healthcare Services, NHS Business Services Authority, Bridge House, 152 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SN or over the telephone. There are some conditions, any of which should be applied in here:

  • If you receive a UK State Pension or exportable UK benefit
  • if you are living in the EEA and are family member of someone working in the UK
  • or if you are a posted or frontier worker

Renewal of family EHIC cards:

If not all, only some cards in the family are needed to be renewed, then also the details have to be mentioned for all the family members. Actually this will make sure that all the details are linked.

If there are some changes in the personal details like name or address, then the ehic card renewal gov can easily be done online through the page. Like if the name has changed and you are seeking ehic card renewal change of name and if you have the PIN (EHIC personal identification number), renewal is done online. If there is no PIN, then the users can call ehic card renewal phone number 0300 330 1350 here to renew your card. If there is any change in the address and you have already informed the ehic team, then you can renew ehic card online free and if you are not sure that whether the ehic team has been informed, then you may call the above mentioned ehic card NHS number or send the details either via the ehic card renewal email address nhsbsa.ehicenquiries@nhsbsa.nhs.uk or by mail at the address: EHIC Enquiries, PO Box 1114, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 2TL

The name that appears on the EHIC matches with that on passport. If there is any amendment in passport, then you can make the changes on the card. You can simply call the ehic card UK contact number 0300 330 1350 here (when calling from UK) and ehic card number 0044 191 279 0575 (when calling from outside of the UK). The details can also be sent by email via the email address nhsbsa.ehicenquiries@nhsbsa.nhs.uk. Once the changes are done, a new EHIC card will be issued.

It is important to note here that ehic card renewal post office is no longer valid. You used to be able to book an E111 (older name for ehic card) through the Post Office, but now it is only possible to apply for the card online.

Travel Insurance with EHIC

People often confuse over the cover offered by the European Health card and travel protection. The travel insurance policies usually cover for the trip expenses, luggage and medical emergencies. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provides you with the basic medical treatment if say; you are ill or have an accident while you are travelling to Switzerland or in a country of the EEA (European Economic Area).

As per the information stated above in the article, if you are going on a cruise, then EHIC will not cover medical treatments on cruises. Also, you are going to ski abroad, the EHIC will not cover the emergency rescue. In these cases, you could face large medial and travel bills if you do not have travel insurance.

Henceforth, it is always recommended to travel with both a valid private travel insurance policy and your EHIC, then you can receive basic treatment as a local resident in the country you are visiting through your EHIC card and if in case, a serious accident happens then you will have the policy coverage.

Now, the travellers can opt for any of the three different types of travel insurance policies- single trip, annual or group. As the name suggests, Single trip policy will cover for one trip, from the day you leave until the day you return home covering trip payments, medical treatments, luggage etc. Group policy will cover up to 10 people and offer the same benefits as a single trip policy. This is a more convenient option for people travelling together. Annual policy will cover for a year and offers the same cover as single trip travel insurance throughout the year.

Report EHIC card lost

The trip is planned and ehic card UK lost– this will be the most stressful situation. This because EHIC allows you to receive public healthcare when you are travelling in a country of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland as a local national of the country would. So, keeping your card up to date and in safety is extremely important as your passport.

If ehic card lost or stolen, and you are quickly seeking for replacement, then you should quickly get in touch with the ehic card UK contact team by calling ehic card number lost 0300 330 1350 here or can also send the details via the email addressnhsbsa.ehicenquiries@nhsbsa.nhs.uk . The phone lines are open from Mon- Fri 8AM- 6PM and Sat 9AM- 3PM. The request including all your details like name, address, ehic PIN can also be sent by post at the address: EHIC Enquiries, PO Box 1114, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 2TL. The request for replacement can also be submitted online using the page. The card replacement is usually delivered to your UK address between 7 and 10 days after your request.

Now if there is lost ehic card and you are in an EEA country or Switzerland, then you will need to apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC). This will provide you the same rights as an EHIC until you return home. For PRC, you can call the Phone Overseas Healthcare Services on +44 191 218 1999 here from Mon- Fri 8AM- 6PM.

If it is outside the opening hours, then you should advise the hospital of the current situation and they would be happy to wait until the office is open before considering payment. So, you should always save this European health insurance card number in your phone before you go as well your personal details like NI or NHS number

Now when you are calling for PRC, there are few details which are required to be submitted as mentioned below:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • UK address
  • NHS number
  • Email address or fax number of the hospital department where receiving treatment

PRC as mentioned above similarly applies in the case where you have lost ehic card travelling tomorrow or you have lost ehic card going on holiday tomorrow. Calling the above mentioned lost ehic card and need number will get you a provisional replacement certificate and this will cover you for the treatment until you get home. Same conditions apply in the case of expiry as well, when PRC can be obtained if the ehic card expired on holiday or ehic card expired going on holiday tomorrow.

After submitting the desired information, PRC is emailed directly to the treatment facility to use in place of your EHIC. In case, if the facility does not have the email address, then your own email address may be used.

Forgot your EHIC when traveling abroad

Can you still receive medical treatment if you forget the ehic card when traveling abroad?

While you are traveling, keeping your ehic in safety is utmost important. This will avoid any stressful situations should you or a member of your family become ill or involved in an accident. If forgot your EHIC, now what to do?

You are required to call the Department for Work and Pensions Overseas Healthcare Team (DWP OHT) at the telephone number +44 (0)191 218 1999 here in order to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC). If you are not able to contact, other person can also call on your behalf. The PRC will provide the same cover as your EHIC until you are back home. The information needed for issue of PRC is explained above.

Along with EHIC, there are few things which you can do before you go abroad to protect you and your family’s health, such as:

  • Have proper travel insurance for your specific circumstances
  • Check for the latest medical advice for travellers
  • Check the information about healthcare in the country you are going to
  • Take enough supplies of any medication that you have been prescribed and carry a copy of the prescription with you
  • Vaccinations required at least six weeks before you travel
  • Medical statement about your health condition to help doctors and nurses abroad if you are taken ill
  • Check the latest information on any immunizations your child may need.

Ehic card UK claim

The ehic card always ensures that you get the same treatment as a resident of the country that you are visiting. In few cases, as discussed in the article, you may have to pay a patient contribution towards the cost of the treatment. These payments are generally for GP or dentist consultations, prescriptions, or stays in hospital and so on. In case if you have paid the patient contribution then you cannot make a claim for reimbursement when you return to the UK

If the contribution was paid before 1st July 2014, you may still be able to be reimbursed for these costs. If you have made a payment after 1st July 2014 you may be able to claim a refund if in case you paid any additional payments along with this contribution. Actually the expenses are reimbursed according to the rules and rates of the country where the treatment was received. So, either full cost of the treatment will be reimbursed or you will have to pay the patient’s fee according to the rules of the country where you were treated.

There are situations when you do not have an EHIC card or cannot use it, and then you may be asked to pay for your treatment. Then you can claim reimbursement from your health insurer when you get home. If urgent treatment is required then the local health authority can be requested to send the proof of your health insurance coverage either by fax or email to avoid you having to pay upfront. Every EU country has at least one National Contact Point that can inform you whether or not you will be entitled to reimbursement. There details can be checked by visiting the page.

Visit to an EEA country or Switzerland:

An ehic card UK claim form can be obtained by calling the telephone number 0191 218 1999 or 0044 191 218 1999 here when calling from outside the UK. The claim form has to be returned along with the original receipts.

Visit to a non-EEA country:

When visiting a non-EEA country, you are required to send your bill or receipt and all detailed information about what happened to the Cross-Border Health Care (Policy) Team. On your behalf, they will contact the foreign authorities. If it is for your contribution to the charge of your treatment, then you will be responsible for the expenses. The details have to be sent at the following address:

Cross-Border Health Care (Policy Team), International Division, Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria Street, 5th Floor South, Westminster, London, SW1A 0EU

EHIC card Brexit- card validity after Brexit

The UK has issued about 28 million EHIC cards covering all the pre existing medical conditions as well as emergency situations. The statistics shows many of the ehic cards being expired as well. Anyone travelling with an outdated EHIC is actually putting themselves at risk when travelling in Europe as they will not be covered for basic medical care.

The question is still unanswerable as to what will happen after ehic card UK Brexit– actually it depends on whether the UK leaves with or without a deal. If the UK leaves with no deal, then the EHIC card UK after Brexit will no longer be valid. Then the travellers need to buy the travel insurance to cover health care. There can be high costs of emergency medical treatment and getting back to the UK if you are not insured. If, in case, you meet with an accident, then your insurance should cover the emergency treatment, hospital fees etc. Your insurer will be the best person to know what the travel insurance policy covers, or whether it covers possible disruption.

There is a transition period until 31 December 2020 which allows more time to think about the proposed decision on the future of the UK-EU relationship. This means that ehic card UK gov will be valid to use until the end of this period. Till that time, EU laws are same in UK as well.

The citizens would have the same rights as before and will continue to use the EHIC card. As the negotiations are still going on, the process of ehic card renewal Brexit is still not confirmed for after Brexit. It is probable that www.nhs.uk ehic card renewal process will be same as the current one. For more information on renewal, the users can call the ehic card UK contact number 0300 330 1350 here. The rules for passport, pet travel etc can also change. If the UK agrees a deal to leave the EU, then there would be no gradual changes to travel. The rules somehow would be the same until at least the year 2020.

It is possible that the EHIC card may carry on. For example – Switzerland is not an EU member, but accepts the EHIC. Similarly, Norway and Iceland are EEA members and not EU members, and they also accept the EHIC. If the UK is not part of the EU, it is also possible that country like Spain, will not want to continue to be responsible for the health care of British nationals. This can be because they have to fund a very high number of British residents who live there.

So, whether it is a deal or no deal, the travel insurance cover will remain important. You should always get proper travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, then the right cover is all the more vital. This is because the EHIC scheme covers prior existing conditions, while many travel insurance cover do not. It is good to know that some travel insurers are adding Brexit clauses in case of any disruption which may take place. And the answer to the question- Should I renew my EHIC card or will Brexit make it invalid? Is Yes!!! You should get your card renewed. It won’t cost anything.

Ehic card Ireland Application

If UK residents are on a temporary stay in Ireland, the UK and Irish authorities have an agreement then that they do not need their European Health Insurance Card to avail healthcare services. If you are an Irish citizen or an EU citizen living in Ireland for ehic card Irish passport, then you can get an EHIC card apply Ireland either through online portal, or by post or in person at your local health office. EHIC card Irish address is mandatory to be shown as a proof. The card will be sent by post in 10 working days. So, the applying options are mentioned in detail below:

In person- the ehic card application Ireland can be submitted personally at any local health office, the details of which can be checked through this page. All necessary details are required to be submitted such as date of birth, personal public service (PPS) number, passport or driving licence and proof that you live in Ireland. PPS number could be on a P60 or social services card.

By Post- the application form to be downloaded via the page and has to be sent by mail to your local health office.

Ehic card Ireland Apply Online– you can apply online if you have a medical or drug payment scheme card by visiting the page.

It is important that you make sure that you are treated by a healthcare provider in the public system. The state health services in Ireland are provided in hospitals and communities across the country. If the healthcare arrangements are made by a hotel or travel representative, then they may be private costs and may not be included.

Now, in case, if you do not live in Ireland and in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland, then you can apply for ehic health card Ireland if any one of the following conditions applies:

  • If you are a worker posted to work in another EEA country or Switzerland by your Irish employer
  • If you are a family member of a posted worker or of someone working in Ireland
  • If you receive a state pension from Ireland and have an Irish-issued E Form/S1 form

In this case, the application can be submitted online using the page or by post at the address: EU Regulations Office, HSE, North West Wing, St. Joseph’s Health Campus, Mulgrave Street, Limerick, Ireland.

If you move to Ireland, then you become eligible for a Medical Card. And you may be eligible to obtain free healthcare. Following is list of few free services:

  • State hospital services
  • Dental, optical and aural services
  • Maternity and infant care services
  • GP Services
  • Community care and personal social services, such as home help, physiotherapy etc

If in case, you are not eligible to receive free healthcare and do not have a medical card, then you will be charged for healthcare services. If you have arrived at A&E without a referral from a GP, then you will be charged a standard fee of €100. If you are a worker posted to Ireland by a UK company, then you may be entitled to health cover funded by the UK in Ireland. HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) can be contacted for all detailed information at the ehic card UK phone number 0300 200 3500 or +44 191 203 7010 here when calling from outside the UK. The phone opening hours are from Mon- Fri 8:30AM- 5PM and is closed on weekends and bank holidays

Now if you live in Ireland and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based employment support allowance or any other benefit, then also you are allowed to state healthcare paid by the United Kingdom. Some evidence is needed to be shown such as proof of property rental or ownership. Any questions in this regard can be discussed with HSE infoline on 1850 24 1850 in Ireland or +353 41 684 0300 here from abroad.

Talking also about students in Ireland, you may also be entitled to health cover funded by the UK in Ireland until UK leaves the EU.

In case, if your ehic card lost Ireland or ehic card expired Ireland, and you need healthcare, then you can call Overseas Healthcare Services and ask them to send a PRC (Provisional replacement certificate) to show to the hospital.

They can be contacted at the ehic card Ireland contact number +44 191 218 1999 from Mon- Fri 8AM- 6PM UK time (when calling from outside the UK). In regard to ehic card Northern Ireland and Brexit talks, the discussions are going on that Irish citizens in Northern Ireland will continue to be EU citizens which means Ireland will pay for the Irish Ehic Card Northern Ireland after ehic card Brexit if necessary.

The Irish healthcare system includes both public and private hospitals. For hospital treatment in an emergency, you can go directly to the A&E of any public hospital. You must also pay for your prescriptions in Ireland. If we talk about the medicines, there are some prescribed medicines, for which you may need a personal licence to take them to Ireland. Before carrying the medicine has to be checked if it contains a controlled drug. If your medicine contains a drug listed in as schedule 2- 4 on the restricted drugs list, then you need to either prove it that is prescribed to you or get a licence for the same. The details of the list can be checked by visiting the page. Generally no one can travel with drugs listed as schedule 1.

Although using your EHIC in Ireland does not cover any private treatment, but it prevents people from being charged at public facilities which are highly convenient for those who are in want of medical attention. British citizens do not need a visa to travel to Ireland and the Common Travel Area will continue to apply.

Ehic Card Spain

Does ehic card cover Spain

And the answer is yes, it covers Spain, including the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands

Do you need an ehic card? This question generally arises. If you have an insurance cover- you know this covers the costs of accidents and illnesses. But still it is equally important to own your EHIC Card or apply for one, before you travel. The travel insurance might not cover every essential treatment or sometimes because of a pre medical condition or age, there can be a disqualification. If when travelling to Spain, you should apply for ehic card Spain or get the ehic card Renewal Spain.

In case, you are a visitor in Spain and find yourself in a life-threatening emergency, then first thing is that you should call 112 and ask for an ambulance to take you to the nearest state hospital. This is a free of cost number and is valid in all Spanish territories. In other case, if you ask a hotel for a doctor, then the treatment will be a private one. There are some costs which are not covered in European health insurance card Ehic Spain such as private treatment, mountain rescue services, cruises, or if you are brought back to UK. So, if you are asked to pay for the health services, then this implies that you have not received treatment under the state health system. It is also to be noted that Spanish health authorities are decentralized, so the systems varies from region to region. The users can check all the regional health bodies in the autonomous communities by visiting this Spanish health ministry web page. The EHIC card covers immediate treatments needed and there are some medical conditions that do not require instant treatment might sustain charges.

Apply for ehic card Spain: if you wish to apply for ehic card Spain, then either this can be done online via the page or you can visit your nearest social security office, presenting your Spanish Tarjeta Sanitaria (SIP card) and passport and they would issue you a Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea (TSE). The address on the application for TSE should be same as registered with Social Security otherwise it will not be processed. Here it is important to note that UK Pensioners living in Spain need not apply for the Spanish Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea. However, Irish pensioners will need to check the same with the Irish Embassy. It is to be noted here that no applications are accepted through post office or phone applications. A standard application will take a total of 5 days to get processed and a fast-track application will take a maximum of 48 hours.

If you have no ehic card in Spain, or lost ehic card in Spain, and you need healthcare, then you can call Overseas Healthcare Services and ask them to send a PRC to show to the hospital. When calling from outside UK, you can call the Overseas Healthcare Services at the ehic card UK telephone number +44 191 218 1999 here. The phone opening hours are from Mon- Fri 8AM- 6PM.

In case of any pre existing medical condition, you should buy medical travel insurance before visiting Spain. The EHIC will be valid until the UK leaves the EU but may not work after that. If there is any pre-existing condition that requires treatment while you are abroad, then you should ask your doctor in the UK for advice before you travel. All the documentations and medications are required to be accompanied with you.

If we talk about ehic card dentist Spain, the dental treatment is actually not covered by the state healthcare system unless it is an emergency. Most emergency departments generally have a dentist attached to it. Along with dental treatment, TSE also does not cover glasses or spectacles.

The users have to make sure that they are referred to a state hospital as only these provide treatment free of charge. And even in state hospital, a valid ehic card Spain is needed. Once there is any prescription from a Spanish state doctor, then you can take it to any pharmacy in Spain. There are prescription charges in Spain and which are non-refundable. You should note here that doctors prescribe medicines on the appropriate medical report but do not issue official prescriptions. Now if in case, you are required to bring your own medicines to Spain, then you should have a letter from your GP stating what the medicines are and why you need them. If you need to see a health professional during your stay, then it will be useful to get the letter translated into Spanish.

Now, in situations, if we talk about ehic card Spanish residents, if they are using ehic, people of working age are charged about 50% and charge of about 10% for the pensioners. The pensioners have to declare that they receive a UK state pension in order to pay the lower rate.

There are some controlled drugs categories, and if your medicines fall in this category, then there are some regulations on drugs exports in the UK which needs to be complied upon. And with this you should also apply for the Spanish import licence at your nearest Spanish consulate.

There are some documents to be submitted for the same as described below:

  • Licence for exportation of controlled drugs
  • Dates and destination address in Spain
  • Details to send the Spanish Import Licence once received from Spain
  • Contact details of the applicant or drug unit

Another situation arises where you plan to work in Spain and make national insurance contributions; you are entitled to state run healthcare same to same as a Spanish national. All the necessary details in this regard can be checked by visiting the Seguridad Social web page. If, in case you are posted by a UK company to Spain, then you are entitled to health cover funded by the United Kingdom in the nation you are posted to. For more information, you should contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) either at their phone number 0300 200 3500 here or +44 191 203 7010 when calling from outside the UK. The opening hours are from Mon- Fri 8:30AM- 5PM. They can also be reached at the address: National Insurance Contributions and Employer Office, HM Revenue and Customs, BX9 1AN, United Kingdom

Talking about students in Spain; until the UK leaves the EU, EHIC will be valid if you are a UK resident and studying in Spain, and also you have an EHIC card.

However, it is still important to note that you should have travel insurance in place in order to cover the costs of any unforeseen medical treatment that the EHIC might not cover.

Ehic card Greece

The health system of every European country is different and they may or may not include the services which you are expecting to get free of charge on the NHS. You should always remember that using ehic card cover in Greece do not cover for private healthcare treatment. You have to make sure that you are treated by a healthcare provider that has an agreement with the Greek National Organisation for Healthcare Services Provision (EOPYY). You should always consult an EOPYY-contracted doctor to receive treatment for free or at a reduced cost. As such, using the European health insurance card ehic Greece will render the same emergency medical treatment as received by Greek nationals. If you are referred by an EOPYY doctor, then using your EHIC card valid in Greece will get you the hospital treatment in a public hospital free of cost. In case of private clinics contracted with EOPYY, the payment will be charged depending on the terms of their contract providing you show your EHIC card Greece on admission. After the treatment, medicines prescribed by an EOPYY contracted doctor or a doctor of a PEDY Unit (National Primary Healthcare Network) is dispensable by any pharmacy. The charges will depend on the illness for which the medicines are prescribed and this is non-refundable in Greece. The prescription has to be collected within 5 working days of it being issued otherwise it will be invalid.

If you have no ehic card in Greece, then you may apply for the same at the local Social Insurance Institute (IKA) via the page or at a Citizen Service Centre (KEP) via this page. However, a card cannot be used within Greece unless it has been issued elsewhere in the EU. Reimbursements are usually looked upon by the Social Insurance Institute

In case of any medical emergency or if ambulance is needed, the first and foremost is to remember to call the number 112.

For any pre existing medical condition, medical travel insurance has to be bought before visiting Greece. The insurance company has to be informed about the health conditions so as to make sure you can get the cover you need. For the pre-existing condition that required treatment while abroad, before travel, you should seek advice from your doctor in the UK.

Working in Greece:

If you have moved to Greece and planning to work in the country, then registration has to be done with the Greek authorities and get a Social Insurance Number – AMKA in Greek. Once you are registered to work in Greece and make the National Insurance contributions, then you will be entitled to state-run healthcare on the same basis as a Greek national.

If you are a worker posted by a UK company to Greece, then you may be entitled to health cover funded by the UK in Greece. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can be contacted for the same for more information at the phone number UK 0300 200 3500 here or 0191 203 7010 when calling from outside UK.

Pensioners in Greece:

In case, if you live in Greece and receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based employment support allowance etc, then you are entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. The certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate needs to be applied for. A S1 certificate helps you and your dependant’s access healthcare in the Greece. The eligibility of S1 certificate is that you have worked and paid contributions in the UK and receive some UK benefits such as pensions.

Students in Greece:

If you are studying in Greece as part of a UK-recognized course, then you may be entitled to healthcare paid for by the United Kingdom government. EHIC card will be required here. It is always advisable to the UK citizens to take out travel insurance when going overseas, both to EU and non-EU destinations. After the UK leaves the EU, you will be required to apply for a student residency permit

Ehic card Turkey

Ehic card needed for Turkey– the answer is No. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Turkey.

If you are buying Europe-wide travel insurance, it has to be made sure that Turkey is included within the countries covered. Some companies treat Turkey as part of Europe, some other take it as a ‘worldwide’ destination. Henceforth, the travellers have to make sure that they have adequate travel health insurance and reachable funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment overseas and repatriation.

Along with holiday insurance, you should check in for medical cover to ensure that if something goes wrong, you can manage it yourself.

Ehic Card Malta

Emergency treatment is offered at the emergency ward of all hospitals in Malta, and these are open all over the year. Your EHIC enables you necessary state-provided healthcare in Malta at a reduced cost or sometimes for free if you are staying there provisionally. Similar to other circumstances, if you are in need of healthcare and you do not have EHIC with you or is expired, then you should firstly contact for ehic card renewal Malta or opt for the PRC to show to the hospital by contacting Overseas Healthcare Services. This will help you in not being directly charged. The Maltese healthcare system comprises of both private and state healthcare. Same as in UK, you are required to be referred by a doctor for any hospital treatment. And the hospital should be a state hospital as only these provide treatment free of charge. However, you will need to pay for your prescription and seek reimbursement from the national health system. If within 3 days of discharge, you present prescriptions, then you do not need to pay and thus do not have to seek reimbursement. If, in case, you live in Malta and receive an exportable UK pension or another exportable benefit, then you may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. A certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate has to be applied for. If you are a UK resident and studying in Malta and you have a European Health Insurance Card, then this will also be valid. Students, if will be studying in Malta then may apply for a residence permit.

It is not a necessity that you are travelling to Malta and you should apply for EHIC. Actually it is recommended because with EHIC, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are covered by the state of the country you are travelling to in any medically emergent situation.

If after the UK leaves the EU, the UK government is seeking agreements on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals with countries, including Malta. Let’s see then what update will be done. Your S1 certificate will be valid until the UK leaves the EU.

Ehic card Ukraine

There is no mutual health care contract between the UK and Ukraine. The state medical facilities in Ukraine are by and large poor. The range of medical services here may be more restricted than under the NHS. You should always ensure that you have a valid private travel insurance policy when travelling to any country. You have to ensure that you have adequate travel and health insurance to cover your stay

Going Abroad For Medical Treatment

If you are planning for a medical treatment in another European country, the correct procedures and regulations have to be followed otherwise you may have to pay the full costs of your treatment. All the details should also be discussed with your GP before making any final decisions about medical arrangements. However, you should note here that European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does not cover going abroad for medical treatment.

The EHIC is actually for the emergency treatment while you are abroad. If you are using an EHIC card UK, this will still be valid until the UK leaves the EU. Here there are two options available- S2 route or EU directive route.

S2 Route:

The S2 route is a direct funding arrangement between the NHS and the state healthcare provider in the country of your choice. In order to use this route, you should get previous authorisation from NHS England before receiving treatment.

To get the approval for your S2 application there are some eligibility criterion which are to be fulfilled as mentioned below:

  • If you are ordinarily resident in England and entitled to treatment on the NHS
  • The written proof has to be given that you have had a full clinical assessment by a clinician in the UK, any EEA country, or Switzerland. The statement should explain the details as to why the treatment is required, and what should be the time period within which you should be treated again.
  • The requested treatment is available under the treating country’s state healthcare scheme.
  • The requested treatment is not an urgent treatment.
  • The requested treatment is not a part of a drug trial.

Now if the application under the S2 route is approved, then the treatment will be provided under the same conditions that would apply to residents of the country you will be treated in. Sometimes, state covers 75% and patients cover 25% of the costs of the state-provided treatment. You can also claim back some or all of your contribution when you return to the UK. In order to apply for a refund of your contribution, you will need to contact Overseas Healthcare Services on their contact number 0191 218 1999 here. In few countries, healthcare is completely free which means that the S2 route will cover all the costs of your healthcare, so you would not be required to pay any treatment costs.

If, in case, the application has not been approved and you are not happy with the given decision, you can request a review of the decision if you have any evidence that may not be given earlier. In this case, even if you do not have any additional evidence, you can then also request for a formal appeal. All the information about review or appeal is provided by NHS England.

EU directive route:

EU directive route is a funding arrangement between you and the NHS, which means that you have to pay the costs of your treatment abroad and then can claim the eligible costs from the NHS when you return back.

In some cases, prior approval from NHS England is required to be taken before receiving treatment such as:

  • Adult congenital heart disease services
  • Adult highly specialist respiratory services
    Adult specialist eating disorder services
  • Adult specialist orthopedic services
  • Adult specialist vascular services
  • Adult thoracic surgery services
  • Blood and marrow transplantation services (adults and children)
  • Bone conduction hearing implant service (adults and children)
  • Breast radiotherapy injury rehabilitation service
  • Cochlear implantation services (adults and children)
  • Complex childhood osteogenesis imperfecta service
  • Complex Ehlers Danlos syndrome service (adults and children)
  • Diagnostic service for primary ciliary dyskinesia (adults and children)
  • Diagnostic service for rare neuromuscular disorders (adults and children)
  • Fetal medicine services (adults and adolescents)
  • Gender identity development service for children and adolescents
  • Highly specialist dermatology services (adults and children)
  • Highly specialist metabolic disorder services (adults and children)
  • Highly specialist pain management services for children
  • Liver transplantation service (adults and children)
  • Mental health service for Deaf children and adolescents
  • Mitochondrial donation service
  • Paediatric and perinatal post mortem services
  • Paediatric cardiac services
  • Radiotherapy services (adults and children)
  • Rare mitochondrial disorders service (adults and children)
  • Specialist services for children with infectious diseases
  • Specialist services for complex liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases in adults
  • Specialist services for haemophilia and other related bleeding disorders (adults and children)
  • Specialist paediatric urology services
  • Spinal cord injury services (adults and children) and many more to add

Now the EU directive route may entitle you to buy healthcare in another EEA country (European Economic Area) but not Switzerland when the eligibility criteria are fulfilled and then the reimbursement from the NHS can be applied for. However NHS England will not reimburse travel or accommodation costs. The claim can be made for reimbursement when you return, up to the amount the treatment would have cost on the NHS in England. However there are some additional costs like prescription charges which will be deducted from the reimbursement. Now, here you have to remember that for some treatments, prior authorisation from NHS England has to be taken. The confirmation will be given as to whether you are entitled to the treatment and what will be the level of reimbursement you can expect. If, as per the above mentioned list, you are failed to get prior approval, then NHS England may not approve the application under the EU directive route. So, the best option is to contact NHS England via email address on england.europeanhealthcare@nhs.net before making any arrangements abroad and to make sure that there will not be any difficulty when claiming money back.

Apply for reimbursement:

There is an application form via the page which has to be completed in order to apply for the reimbursement after treatment or for the authorisation in advance of treatment. The form has to be the latest one as available on the web page, as any outdated form may get rejected and you may be asked to resubmit the application.

The application form should include all the necessary details including:

  • Admission and discharge dates
  • Estimated costs, and
  • Original receipts and proof of payment
  • Your National Insurance or NHS Number, as appropriate
  • If the documentation is in different language, then you will need to provide English translations for them

Generally it takes up to 20 working days for an application to be processed and then a decision to be made. If you have already had the treatment and the application under the EU directive route is approved, then the reimbursement can take another 30 working days to be processed.

Some eligibility criterion has to be met to get the approval for your EU directive application as mentioned below:

  • You are ordinarily resident in England and entitled to treatment on the NHS.
  • The healthcare provider is based in another EEA country and provides the treatment.
  • The treatment is necessary to treat a medical condition
  • The treatment is the same as to a treatment that would be made available to you on the NHS.
  • A letter has been provided from an EEA clinician (clinician based in the UK or another EEA country). The letter should mention your condition and diagnosis, and confirm the medical need for the treatment as well as the necessity of the treatment.

At the first instance, NHS England will determine if the conditions are met for the S2 route. If you satisfy the criteria for approval under the S2 route, then you will be approved authorisation through that route, unless you specifically request to use the directive route. At any point of time, NHS England can be contacted for any information either at the phone number 0300 311 2233 here or via their email address england.contactus@nhs.net

Important point to note here is that although funding has been approved by NHS for your treatment abroad but this does not mean that the NHS is liable for the treatment you receive. Also the country you want to go to for treatment is not obliged to accept you as a patient and they may also refuse as well.

As mentioned above in the S2 route, if you are not happy with the decision of your application, then you may request for a review of the decision or for formal appeal. The details of the request can be sent through their email england.europeanhealthcare@nhs.net including all necessary details with the reference number.

European Health Insurance Card – or EHIC. If you need to apply for European Health Insurance Card online for free, you need to follow these simple steps:

How to apply for European Health Insurance Card online for free

  1. Visit the official gov website where you can apply for EHIC (old E111 form) for free:
  2. Click the Register button so you can start your application
    ehic Registration
  3. Fill the registration forum – name, email and some more details. Important: Save your user name and password, so you will be able to renew your EHIC later on.
  4. You will need to activate your account before you can log into the EHIC Services Portal. Check your email for a massage from the nhs.net with your NHSBSA EHIC Services Portal activation link. Click it.
  5. After you activated your EHIC portal user, visit the European Health Insurance Card login page.
  6. Read (carefully) the important information and approve.
  7. Now all you need to do is to fill up the form with your information details. You can download the free EHIC  application form through this ehic application form pdf link.
  8. Send the form to this address:
    EHIC Applications, Bridge House, 152 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6SN
  9. The European health insurance card application team will process your request for EHIC and will send you the card in the next 7 days or so.

This all process is free of charge and you wont need to pay nothing for your EHIC.

How long does European Health Insurance Card (old E111 form)  application take?:
It usually takes 7-10 days for EHIC application to be issued.

Apply for European Health Insurance Card – old E111 – For free through phone

If you need to apply for EHIC (old E111) but you have some questions or if you just like to apply for your European Health Insurance Card for free on the phone:

  1. call this NHS phone number: 0300 330 1350 (03 numbers are local rate calls in the UK).
  2. Apply for for your European Health Insurance Card directly and free though phone.

Renew European Health Insurance Card For Free

European Health Insurance Card is valid for five (5) years, and you can renew your EHIC six (6) months before the card expiration date.

If you need to renew your EHIC (old E111) for free just go through these steps:

  1. Login with your user and password to the EHIC login page. if you forgot your password visit this ‘EHIC Password Reset Request‘ page retrieve your EHIC password.
  2. Find your EHIC PIN (EHIC Personal Identification Number) on the back of your European Health Insurance Card (see picture):
    EHIC pin for renew
  3. If none of your details have changed, you can renew your EHIC online through the European Health Insurance Card portal with your user and password from step 1.

Renew of European Health Insurance Card – Change of address

  • If you need to renew your EHIC and you changed your address, you can still renew your European Health Insurance Card online, just enter the new address in the address field.

    address field
    Address Field (Used to be called E111)
  • If you changed any other details – not just your address, contact the EHIC customer service team on this number: 0300 330 1350 or send an email to: nhsbsa.ehicenquiries@nhsbsa.nhs.uk

EHIC Card Expired, How Can i Renew it?

Yes, you can Renew your European Health Insurance Card, but you will need to do it six month before your EHIC expires. If you did not renew your EHIC on time you have couple of options:

  1. Call the European Health Insurance line:
    0300 330 1350 (and say “replacement”) – You will need your current EHIC number and your national insurance number.
  2. Email the NHS Business Services Authority enquiries team at: nhsbsa.ehicenquiries@nhsbsa.nhs.uk.

What to do if i Lost my European Health Insurance Card

In case of lost EHIC you have couple different options:

  1. Contact the EHIC line 0300 330 1350 – 24/7 automatic line service, and say “lost and stolen”, or send an email explaining the fact you lost your European Health Insurance Card to: nhsbsa.ehicenquiries@nhsbsa.nhs.uk
  2. Send a letter to EHIC Enquiries team:
    PO Box 1114 Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 2TL
  3. In case you are in Europe and in need for health treatment – but lost your European Health Insurance Card, you will need to apply for PRC (or – Provisional Replacement Certificate).
  4. If you are abroad and need to apply for PRC, call the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999 – Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm.

European Health Insurance Card Pin Number

Your EHIC Pin number is on the back of the card (where it says “personal identification number”). If you lost your European Health Insurance card Pin number, you probably lost your EHIC. In this case you can use your name,  address, date of birth and  your national insurance number or NHS number, in order to identify yourself and apply for a replacement European Health Insurance Card.

Apply or Renew my EHIC at the Post Office

The option to apply or renew European Health Insurance Card at the Post Office, but this option is not valid anymore, and you can only apply or renew EHIC online. For more information you can visit this page.

Countries the European Health Insurance Card is Covering and Emergency Numbers

European country Emergency Numbers
Austria 112 – euro emergency 144 – rescue (rettung) 133 – police (polizei) 122 – fire department (feuerwehr) Deaf Emergency: by fax or SMS to 0800 133 133
Belgium 101 – national police. 100 – national fire service 105 – the Red Cross 02 648 40 14 – community help service helpline
Bulgaria Call 112
Croatia 192 – police 193 – fire brigade 194 – ambulance services 195 – sea rescue 1987 – roadside help (00385 1 987 from foreign mobile phones)
Cyprus 1441 – air/sea rescue 1401 – drugs, narcotics and poison emergencies 1400 – hospital information 90 90 1432 – on-call doctors
Czech Republic 150 – fire brigade 156 – municipal police 158 – police
Denmark, including the Faroe Islands and Greenland 112 – police, ambulance and fire (European emergency number) 114 – local police (not  emergency), 1813 – Copenhagen and the surrounding area (+45) 7015 0300 – north Denmark (+45) 7011 3131 – central Denmark (+45) 7011 0707 – southern Denmark (+45) 7015 0700 – Zealand
Estonia 112 – emergencies including police and fire brigade 1220 – if you need medical advice, call the family practitioners information line (00 372 630 4107 UK calls) 16363 – information line for the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (00 372 669 6630 if UK calls)
Finland 112 – police and fire brigade 118 – telephone directory (general information and help finding local health centres or pharmacies) (0)9 736 166 – find dental services (9am to 9pm)
France, including Martinique and Guadeloupe 112 (or 114 hearing assisted) Ambulance
Germany 110 – police (Polizei) 112 – fire brigade (Feuerwehr) and ambulance (Rettungswagen) 0761 192 40 – emergency poison helpline
Greece, including the Greek Islands 166 – ambulance services 100 – police 171 – Tourist police  199 – fire department108 – coast guard 1016 – SOS
Hungary 104 – ambulance 105 – fire service 107 – police (20) 900 0107 – Police – SMS service for the deaf (Budapest) (40) 374 636 – 24/7 health advice
Iceland 1770 – medical assistance 444 1000 – police 575 0505 – dental emergencies
Ireland 1850 24 1850  HSE infoline
Italy 112 – general emergencies (medical, fire and police) 118 – ambulance (Emergenza sanitaria) 113 – police (Carabinieri) 115 – fire brigade (Vigili del fuoco) 170 – International Operator
Latvia 113 – ambulance 110 – police 80001234 – Free-of-charge  healthcare services information service
Liechtenstein 117 – police 118 – fire department 140 – alpine rescue
Lithuania Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999)
Luxembourg 113 – police (+352) 22 98 64 – British Embassy in Luxembourg (+352) 27 57 1 – Luxembourg National Health Fund
Malta 356 2545 0000 – main hospital, Malta +356 2156 1600 – Gozo Hospital +356 2122 4001-7 – Malta police force +356 2124 4371 – emergency helicopter rescue +356 2123 8797 – emergency patrol boat rescue
Netherlands 112 – police, ambulance, fire 0900 8844 – national police in non-emergencies 0900 0111 – sea rescue, 020 694 8709 – find a duty pharmacy in Amsterdam
Norway 110 – fire brigade 112 – police 120 – emergency at sea 1412 – textphone
Poland 999 – ambulance services 998 – fire brigade 997 – police 601 100 300 – mountain rescue 601 100 100 – water rescue
Portugal, including Madeira (Health Line 24) on 808 24 24 24.
Romania 112 (or 114 hearing assisted)
Slovakia 112 – emergency services 155 – ambulance 158 – police 159 – city police 150 – fire
Slovenia Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999)
Spain, including the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands 112 or 061 – ambulance (ambulancia) 091 – national police (policía nacional) 092 – local police (policía municipal) 062 – civil guard (guardia civil) 080 – fire brigade (bomberos) 900 202 202 – sea rescue
Sweden 112 Emergency Sweden, 1177. This provides non-emergency health advice similar to NHS 111
Switzerland 117 – police 118 – fire 1414 – Swiss Air-Rescue 1811 – general inquiries (doctors, theatres, etc) 140 – breakdown service 162 – weather report 163 – road report 187 – avalanche report