The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.
If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it.
GHIC and EHIC do not replace travel insurance.
Where you can use your card
You can use a GHIC or an EHIC if you’re travelling to an EU country.
You cannot use a GHIC or an existing EHIC in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. You’ll need travel insurance with healthcare cover.
You can use a UK passport to get medically necessary healthcare in Norway (for example emergency treatment, or to treat a pre-existing condition).
How to apply
You can apply for a GHIC on the NHS website.
It’s free to apply for a GHIC. Some websites charge to help you apply - these are unnecessary and you do not need to use them.
You’ll need to provide your:
- full name
- date of birth
- National Insurance or NHS number (England and Wales)
CHI number (Scotland)
- Health and Care number (Northern Ireland)
Who can apply for a new EHIC
Some people can apply for a new UK EHIC that they can use in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, as well as in EU countries.
People who can apply for the new card include:
- nationals from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland who started living in the UK before 1 January 2021, and their families
- some British State Pensioners who started living in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland before 1 January 2021, and their families
- UK students who started living and studying in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland before 1 January 2021
Find out how to apply for a new EHIC on the NHS website.