Ehic health coverage maintained by the Brexit agreement: what to do

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The rules on #Ehic coverage for UK travelers were clarified by the UK government after major health concerns were included in the new #Brexit future relationship agreement.
#Notably, UK residents who come to EU countries such as #France can now continue to use existing UK #Ehics if they are still within their validity period.

#Otherwise, the new #British “##Ehics” (#European health insurance card) will now only be issued to certain restricted groups; #However, an equivalent national replacement called “#Ghic” (UK #Global #Health #Insurance #Card) will be issued to travelers instead.

#This will provide the same coverage as the #Ehic card, but has a different name.

#This is good news, as there were concerns that had there been no future relationship agreement, full private health insurance would have been the only option for visitors.

#If you don’t have a valid card right now, you don’t have to apply immediately, but must do so in time before a planned trip.

#Ehic and #Ghic cover medically necessary health care provided by the state in other #European countries at a reduced cost or, in many cases, free of charge, until your planned return home. #This includes treating a chronic or pre-existing medical condition that becomes necessary during your visit.

#Here’s what to do depending on your category:

UK residents visiting #France, including owners of second homes

#If you have an existing #Ehic, you can still use it for necessary health care when visiting #France. #British #Ehics are valid for up to five years.

#If you don’t have one, you should instead request a #Ghic before your next visit.

#We note that when writing the site the site still refers to “##Ehics”, but this should be updated today.

#British #State pensioners and invalidity benefit claimants residing in #France and having an S1 form

#While the UK was in the EU, this group still had #Ehics issued by the UK in order to use overseas healthcare in the EU while traveling (excluding UK #United, where they had free health care). #This continues as part of the deal, but they are asked to apply for a new UK #Ehic, as those issued before this year will no longer be valid in this case.

#Also concerned by this obligation to apply for a new #British #Ehic

#Several categories of people covered by the #Brexit withdrawal agreement, who were in this category before the end of 2020, must do the same as the S1 retirees mentioned above:

EU / EEA citizens living in the UK, frontier workers, workers posted to work in the EU, as well as close family members and dependents of eligible persons.

UK students studying in the EU who have moved before 2021 are also eligible.

#Previous articles

#Protection of pensions and healthcare in the new #Brexit deal

#Britons in #France can now benefit from post-Brexit #Ehic coverage

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