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Package holidays and budget airlines have transformed the way we travel, especially within Europe. It’s now just as cheap to have your summer holiday in Bulgaria or Bilbao as it is in Bognor or Blackpool, and part of the appeal of European travel is that it’s all so easy. We’re used to few passport restrictions, the lack of Visa requirements and the fact we don’t need vaccinations which are associated with more exotic travel destinations. Or do we?
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.
Given the press stories recently about the poor state of the NHS, it’s easy to imagine that the grass is greener everywhere else in Europe, with no waiting times in A&E, lots of state of the art hospitals and professional staff. But is this really the case? EHIC cover is valid across all of the countries of the EEA and Switzerland, and it’s safe to say there are some countries where you get better healthcare than others.
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.