As one of the main business centres in Europe, Germany attracts millions of business travellers each year, as well as people taking in the main sights of Berlin, or heading to the annual beer festival in Munich. The UK stereotype of Germany is of an efficient country where everything runs perfectly, but unless you’ve been organised and brought your EHIC paperwork with you to Germany, you might find medical care expensive. Here’s what you need to know about getting care under EHIC if you fall in in Germany.
Spain has long been one of the most popular overseas holiday destinations for British holidaymakers, and around 13 million of us visit the country every year. With that many people travelling, the law of averages says that a few of them are bound to run into trouble. It’s one thing being prepared and having your EHIC cover in place before you leave the UK, but would you know how to access healthcare in Spain if you needed to?
Greece is one of the most popular holiday destinations with UK visitors, partly because it offers such a wide variety of holidays. There are the party destinations of Faliraki or Malia, the history of Crete or the mainland, beautiful beaches on Kos – the list is endless. If you’re headed to Greece on holiday this year, hopefully you’ve already organised EHIC cover for each member of the family. We hope you’re never going to need to access medical care in Greece, but if you do, here’s what you need to know.
What’s not to love about Portugal? It’s a country bursting with history, where you can find unspoiled beaches and countryside, and if you’re heading to the popular tourist area of the Algarve, you can expect 300 days of sunshine every year. If Portugal or the island of Madeira is somewhere you’ve thought about visiting, then take advantage of your EHIC cover to access state healthcare should you need to. Here are the basics of what you need to know should you need to seek medical health.
As one of our closest European neighbours, France has long been one of the top destinations for a weekend break, business trip or longer holiday. Whether you’re off to the bright lights of Paris, or the sophisticated beaches of the Cote D’Azur, you’ll need to make sure your travel insurance is in order before you leave. EHIC cover is accepted across mainland France and also in the overseas territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique, so here’s what you need to know should you need to access state healthcare in France.
Whether you’re heading to the spectacular Amalfi coast, the historic city of Rome or the canals of Venice for your Italian escape this year, we hope that all you’ll need is a guidebook and some sun lotion. Nobody likes to think about getting ill when away on holiday but if your holiday turns into a catastrophe rather than “la dolce vita”, then having an EHIC for each member of the family could both save you money and make the process of getting healthcare simpler.
If you asked someone to name the most expensive countries in Europe, Switzerland would probably be right at the top of the list. There’s no getting away from the fact that this small European nation which has built its fortune on financial services is a pricey place to go on holiday, which is of course part of its appeal. Swiss scenery is some of the most picturesque in Europe, and it’s famous for its punctual trains and efficient transport system. All this efficiency comes at a price though, and so if you’re looking for ways to keep costs to a minimum for your next Swiss trip, make sure you take your EHIC and know how to claim state healthcare should you need to.
We primarily think of EHIC as something which UK travellers can use to access state healthcare in the countries which make up the EEA, and it’s easy to forget that the same rights apply to people from other EEA countries who are visiting the UK. If you have friends or relatives visiting from elsewhere in the EEA and they need to access NHS treatment, what should you do?
Austria is probably best-known as a ski destination, but the gorgeous Alpine scenery is making it increasingly popular as a summer destination too. Vienna’s history and architecture makes it popular for short breaks, and its position at the heart of Europe makes Austria a popular stop-off destination for people road tripping or inter-railing through the continent. Whatever your reasons for visiting Austria, chances are that your visit will be without incident. If however you’re unfortunate enough to have an accident or fall ill when you’re in Austria, here’s what you need to know about accessing state healthcare under the EHIC scheme.
Many travellers are aware of something called EHIC, and might even know that having an EHIC allows you to access healthcare on the same basis as residents of countries across Europe. Despite the Brexit process, there have been no changes to the way in which EHIC works, and there will be no changes until the UK fully leaves the European Union. Even then, the UK government may choose to maintain the reciprocal healthcare agreements. There should be announcements in the press or on television nearer the time. But until then, we can carry on using our EHIC when we are travelling in Europe this summer. But beware – you can’t use it everywhere you might think you can.