New EHIC card demonstrating continued entitlement to necessary healthcare when travelling in the EU, EEA and Switzerland
From Wednesday 23 December 2020, eligible EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK, by 31 December 2020, can apply for a new EHIC at www.nhs.uk/EHIC, which will be valid for use when travelling in the EU, EEA and Switzerland from 1 January 2021.
This new EHIC will replace the current UK EHIC for those eligible citizens covered under the Citizens Rights Agreement. It is a new distinct card, with clear markings to differentiate it from existing EHICs, which may not be valid from 1st January.
There is no deadline for applications for the new EHIC, but we recommend eligible citizens apply before travelling to the EU, EEA and Switzerland. Check www.nhs.uk/EHIC for more information on eligibility.
Should anyone not have a new EHIC card before travelling to the EU, EEA or Switzerland, their underlying entitlement to receive necessary healthcare remains. If individuals require emergency or medically necessary treatment whilst in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, they can obtain a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC). PRCs can only be requested at the point of requiring care; it is not possible to request in advance. The NHS Business Services Authority can issue a PRC and can be contacted on +44 (0)191 218 1999.
In order to secure entitlements under the Citizens’ Rights Agreement, EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, and their family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, but they must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. Individuals in scope can also be joined by close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) who live in a different country at any point in the future, if the relationship existed on 31 December 2020 and still exists when the person wishes to come to the UK. More information can be found here.