European Health Insurance Card

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The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is your gateway to accessing healthcare abroad, either for free or at a reduced cost. Whether you’re planning a vacation, a short-term stay, or studying abroad, the EHIC can be your health safety net. Below, we’ll guide you through the application process, with links to the official websites for your convenience.

Countries that accept an EHIC Before applying, it’s essential to know which countries accept the EHIC. You can find the list of participating nations on the official EHIC website.

How to apply if you live in Ireland If you’re residing in Ireland and intend to stay for at least a year, you can apply for an EHIC. Here are your application options:

  1. In Person: Visit your local public EHIC office. For office locations, visit the EHIC Office Locator.
  2. Online: If you have a medical card or Drugs Payment Scheme card, you can apply online through the EHIC Online Application.
  3. By Post: If you live in Dublin North West, Cork North & South Lee, or Kilcock, you can apply by post.

Important: Your EHIC card will be sent to you within 10 working days after applying. In case of urgency, you can obtain a temporary replacement certificate at your local public EHIC office.

Apply as a Family Remember that each family member requires their own EHIC. You can apply for:

  • Yourself
  • Your partner
  • Any dependent children under the age of 16

If you have a child under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

How to apply if you live outside Ireland Depending on your situation, here are the steps to apply for an EHIC if you live outside of Ireland:

  • If you live in Northern Ireland but are employed in Ireland: Apply here.
  • If you live in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland: Visit the official EHIC website for application details specific to your country.
  • If you’re studying in the EU, EEA, or Switzerland: Find application instructions tailored to students on the official EHIC website.

Make sure to check the EHIC website for any updates or changes in the application process. Your health coverage while abroad is essential, and the EHIC ensures you’re prepared for any unexpected medical needs.

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