GHIC UK Health Card
(Global Health Insurance Card) GHIC and EHIC do not replace travel insurance, where can you use your card.
Visiting an EU country
You can use a GHIC or EHIC if your travelling to an EU Country
There are different rules for using your GHIC or EHIC card in Switzerland.
To use your GHIC or EHIC in Switzerland, you must be one of the following:
- a British national
- a Swiss national
- an EU citizen
- a refugee
- a stateless person
- the dependant or survivor of someone with one of these nationalities or statuses
Visiting Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein
You cannot use a GHIC or an existing EHIC in Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein. You’ll need travel insurance (See Certis Travel Insurance)
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 card via the NHS website CLICK HERE
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