Is your EHIC card still valid?

Following Brexit, which came into force on 1st January 2021, many people have asked whether their EHIC card will still be valid. The good news is that they are valid until their expiry date. After that, you will need to obtain a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) from the government.

The GHIC provides similar health insurance in EU countries as for an EHIC. This should allow, for example, kidney patients to have dialysis in Europe that is funded by the NHS under a reciprocal arrangement. It is not an alternative to buying travel insurance, however.

For more information about the new GHIC, visit the government website at

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