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A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to reduced-cost sometimes free, medical treatment that becomes necessary whilst you’re in an EU country.  This card is normally valid for 3-5 years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary due to illness or an accident.  The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you’ll be treated on the same basis as an ‘insured’ person living in the country your in.  When recruited as a holiday rep, most tour operators will request that you obtain one of these cards.  Beware of any companies that charge a fee for applying for this card as it is very easy to apply for online and is FREE!

How to apply

Apply Online

You can apply for an Ethic card free of charge online:

Apply Online

By Phone

You can also apply by phoning the automated service on 0300 3301350

By Post

Or you can download the ETHIC application form (PDF, 122kb) and return it to:

NHS Business Services Authority
European Health Insurance Card
ETHIC Applications
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 6SN

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