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The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provides you with necessary medical treatment in the European country you are visiting, either at a reduced cost or for free. This guide explains where you can use it and what it will cover you for.

Having a valid EHIC card entitles you to reciprocal medical treatment while on holiday in a participating European country. Currently, there are 31 nations – made up of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland – taking part in the scheme. You should be provided treatment on the same basis as a resident of that country.

The card replaced the E111, which ceased in 2005.

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