Check the renewal date on your European Health Insurance Card.  With Brexit coming it is still valid until we hear otherwise, and your travel insurance may well require that you have one in order to keep costs down.

Check that your EHIC is still valid before you travel. Applying for the card is free. You can renew an EHIC up to six months before the expiry date. However, any time left on the card will not be added to your new card. An EHIC is valid for five years.

Millions of travellers will find that their European Health Insurance Card is due for renewal at the end of this month. The Department of Health is urging holidaymakers to check and renew their EHIC before they travel, so check the renewal date on the front of your card.

How to Apply for an EHIC

Avoid sites that charge a fee. It’s free at  Those of you that have not applied for a European Health Insurance Card then please do so without delay; it’s free and only takes five minutes of your time to apply. The card is usually delivered within 7 days, so you really have no excuse. You are putting your health at risk and the EHIC gives you access to reduced or free healthcare within the European Union and some countries outside that have reciprocal health arrangements with the United Kingdom. Check the NHS website for more information. For questions, on claiming back the cost of healthcare covered by EHIC, the contact details for the Overseas Healthcare Team are:

0191 218 1999 – The lines are open Monday to Friday 8am until 5pm

E Mail:

If you’re having difficulties with the online application form, to apply for a new or replacement EHIC, for help with a lost or stolen EHIC or to update your personal details, call 0300 3301350.

Remember to carry card at all times when overseas. Do not leave it your hotel.  Happy travelling!