UK-issued EHIC cards may no longer be valid in Spain (or Europe)

Raymundo LarraĆ­n Nesbitt, January, 14. 2021

As one of the many post-Brexit consequences we will be covering in our blog posts going forward, European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) may have ceased to be valid in Spain (and Europe) as from the 1st of January 2021.

The UK Government and the Union Authorities agreed EHIC cards would continue to be valid until their expiry dates. If your card has already expired, it is no longer valid.

If you are planning on making travelling arrangements to Spain (or Europe) you should request its replacement, the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which replaces the EHIC for the majority of UK citizens.

The EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment if you fall ill or have an accident in any EU country, including Spain. The cards cover pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care, as well as emergency care.

Please take note that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It is strongly advised you buy as well travel insurance. Neither EHIC nor GHIC cards cover private medical healthcare.

You may apply for the new GHIC card on following this link: GHIC application form

 

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