• Will my EHIC card still be valid when I travel to the EU after 29th March?

    Will my EHIC card still be valid  when I travel to the EU after March 29th?

  • You will still be able to access health care in the EU after Brexit and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle will still be the fastest and easiest way to get to the continent for your trip.

    Currently, an EHIC gives British citizens access to state healthcare in other nations in the European Economic Area (along with Switzerland) at reduced cost or even for free (it depends on the country). Each individual traveller requires their own card. All that you need to do is apply online with your relevant details and, should the application be successful, cards are usually delivered within three weeks.

    The good news is that the government and the EU have reached agreement in principle concerning European health cover after Brexit for UK nationals, meaning (in theory) all relevant EU laws will still apply to UK travellers until 31st December 2020. This has the potential to change as the negotiations between the UK and the European Union progress, but as it stands, UK citizens would still be able to use a valid EHIC card and enjoy all of the rights and protections it provides.

    Further information on the future of the EHIC card scheme can be found here: Europa.eu, Gov.uk & Gov.uk


    Sources: Europa.eu & Gov.uk & Gov.uk

    Currently, an EHIC gives British citizens access to state healthcare in other nations in the European Economic Area (along with Switzerland) at reduced cost or even for free (it depends on the country). Each individual traveller requires their own card. All that you need to do is apply online with your relevant details and, should the application be successful, cards are usually delivered within three weeks.

    The government and the EU have reached agreement in principle concerning European health cover after Brexit for UK nationals, meaning (in theory) all relevant EU laws will still apply to UK travellers until 31st December 2020. This has the potential to change as the negotiations between the UK and the European Union progress, but as it stands, UK citizens would still be able to use a valid EHIC card and enjoy all of the rights and protections it provides.

    On 26th October 2018, UK Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price brought the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill before parliament. The bill aims to give the UK government the legal power to negotiate, fund and implement healthcare deals with EU member states after Brexit.

    One of the key elements of the proposed bill is to allow for a new arrangement with EU member states to allow UK passport holders to continue using the EHIC scheme after December 31st 2020 (subject to EU approval).

    This bill has yet to be passed into UK law, and the exact status of EHICs for British citizens after the transitional period is still to be finalised. However, it is also worth pointing out that citizens of some non-EU states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) are already entitled to use EHICs in some European countries.

    Continuing with the EHIC scheme remains one of the most likely scenarios for UK passport holders post-Brexit, but the exact future status of EHICs, and any restrictions for UK travellers, is still to be determined.


    Sources: http://ec.europa.eu/ & https://www.gov.uk/ & https://www.gov.uk/