EHIC And GHIC Explained

With several people hoping to finally be able to travel throughout 2021, several elements need to be considered. Not only are there several travel restrictions still in place as a result of Covid-19, but there are also several other changes such as changes to laws and travel schemes as a result of Brexit.

In this article, we will be providing you with all the information that you need to know about the newly implemented GHIC system.

What Is A GHIC Card?

A GHIC Card is a card that provides those that need it with access to medical care and medication at a reduced cost when travelling to Europe. These cards can be applied for using and can provide you and your family with access to medical care should you need it. When you have filled out your application, this can then be stored in your suitcase or your purse.

How Does It Differ From The EHIC Card?

Though the EHIC card has since been changed to the Global Health Insurance card because of the UK leaving the EU, there are very few changes that have been made to the existing system. With all the same benefits as the previous system, there are only a few differences such as the countries that accept the new GHIC card. As a result, it is important to make sure that you are aware of whether or not you will need to apply for a GHIC card when you are travelling to Europe from the UK with your family.

Who Needs To Apply For An EHIC And GHIC Card?

When you are looking to travel to Europe, it is important to make sure that you have your health insurance organised beforehand. Not only will this ensure that you have everything you need to cover for any existing illnesses that you have, but it will also ensure that you and your family are protected should you fall ill.

If you are travelling for a long period or you are someone who may require medical treatment when travelling, it is important to make sure that you are applying for a GHIC card alongside your existing health insurance policy.

How Long Should You Leave When Applying

When you are applying for a GHIC card it is important to leave a minimum of 2 weeks in between the time that you fill out your application and the time that you are travelling.

Should you be applying for GHIC cards for the rest of the family it is important to make sure that you are leaving a long time between when you are applying for the card and when you are set to travel as this will make sure you have all the GHIC cards for every family member before you are set to travel, allowing you all to do so securely.

Regardless of whether you are applying for a GHIC card for an upcoming holiday or looking to apply for a holiday that you will be going on in the future, we are sure that this will provide you with everything you need to make sure that you and everyone you are travelling with remain as safe as possible.