Health Insurance Cards(EHIC)
is the EHIC?
European Health Insurance Card or EHIC was introduced in 2004
across the European Union. It allows Irish residents to access
health services in any EU country and in Switzerland, Iceland,
Liechtenstein and Norway, if they become ill or injured while
on a temporary stay in that country.
anyone get a European Health Insurance Card?
can get a EHIC in Ireland if you are ordinarily resident in Ireland.
This means you have been living here for a minimum of one year
or that you intend to live here for a minimum of one year.
the EHIC free of charge?
There is no charge to apply for or renew an EHIC. The HSE accepts
renewals and applications for EHIC cards at all HSE Local Health
Offices, and on the HSE managed site www.ehic.ie.
do I do if I become ill or injured in another member state?
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. See the www.ehic.ie website for details of services
available in each EU State, or ask at your Local Health Office.
I need private insurance in addition to the Card?
healthcare systems vary from country to country. The Card does
not cover the cost of repatriation and 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. You will find more about your entitlements in particular
countries at your Local Health Office or on www.ehic.ie
long will it take to get a Card?
will receive your Card within 10 working days of receipt of your
if I dont have time to get a Card before I travel?
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.
I need to apply for a new Card each time I go abroad?
Your card will be valid for 4 to 5 years. Check that you and your
familys cards are valid before you travel, and if they have
expired, its easy to renew them online at www.ehic.ie or
at your Local Health Office.
I need a card to get healthcare while on a visit to the UK?
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
do I apply?
for the card is very easy. Application forms are available from
your Local Health Office You can also call the HSE infoline: 1850
24 1850. Alternatively you can download a form by clicking