Important: EHIC Direct is not connected to or affiliated with the Department of Health, the National Health Service, or any other official Government body. We offer a audit and submission service for European Health Insurance Card applications for a small processing fee. Please note that you can apply for a card independently without the £24.50 fee by visiting the official NHCBSA website or through the automated EHIC application service on 0845 606 2030.
Applying for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card - Formerly E111)
To use our EHIC Application check and send service please apply via our website.
The EHIC is valid in the following countries:
Online - The best way to apply is online from NHS Business Services. Our site is independent of the NHS Business Services and it is available 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year, at a cost of £24.50 per application (Up to 2 adults and 3 children). Standard applications are normally processed and delivered by the NHS within 7-10 working days.
By Telephone - You can telephone the NHS Business Services Authority EHIC Application Line on 0845 606 2030. Making an application by phone is free of charge, but you will have to pay for the cost of the call. Your application should be processed within 7-10 working days.
At the Post Office - The Post Office Check & Send Service is available from participating Post Office Counter at a cost of £2 per application - these should be processed within 21 days.
Please remember that an EHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance. We strongly recommend that independent travel insurance is sought for you and your entire party prior to travelling throughout the EU. Some countries may require you to subsidize part or all of your treatment covered under the scheme. We recommend that you check thoroughly with the relevant authorities for the countries in which you plan to visit during your trip.
Cover includes treatment for existing medical conditions including child birth and routine maternity care. Any specialist treatment for example, kidney authorities, will need to be arranged with a hospital near to your destination prior to travel. Cover is not guaranteed and we do recommend that you check with the travel auhorities prior to your trip to ensure that the EU countries through which you wish to travel are not experiencing any disputes. Cover is adhered to throughout all EU countries including Switzerland.
Another point to note is that you can apply on behalf of your children providing that they are under the age of 19 and in full time education. If your child/chidlren are not in full time education and are over the age of 16 then they will need to apply independently. Spouses can be added to any submission with or without children.
By using our service we will:
1. Review and process your application
2. Check and audit your details in order to avoid common submission errors
3. Contact you in the case of insufficient or incorrect information
4. Remind you to renew your card before it expires (optional)
Should you experience any difficulties whilst using our website please do call or email us and we will be only too happy to assist you further. Occasional updates to browsers may cause temporary glitches in the submission process. To report a bug please call 0844 559 1069.
Applying for an EHIC is free of charge via the NHS.
You can apply through the NHSBSA website here.
It’s also possible to apply by phoning the automated service on: 0845 606 2030
Another way to apply is to download an application form (PDF, 122kb) and return it to the NHS Business Services Authority, which processes all applications.
NHS Business Services Authority, European Health Insurance Card, EHIC Applications, Sandyford House, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1BF
The following details will be necessary in order to complete your application:
• full name
• date of birth
• National Insurance or NHS number (CHI number in Scotland or Health and Care Number in Northern Ireland)
Please note that temporary National Insurance numbers aren’t valid. Temporary National Insurance numbers uses the prefix 'TN', the date of birth and M or F to denote gender (for example TN131160M). These numbers are no longer accepted and cannot be used to apply for your card.