E111 Card Renewal Online

If you have an E111 card, the process for an E111 renewal is as simple as ever with EHIC-Card website. All it takes is a few simple details, and then you will soon be greeted by a brand new EHIC card, keeping you medically covered throughout your journey abroad, whether that be on holiday or for business purposes. If you want to avoid the extortionate costs that a medical injury can cost abroad, read on to find out how you can apply for an E111 today.

What Is The E111 Card?

The E111 was originally used as proof of citizenship. Individuals within the UK would use their E111 card to prove that they were true citizens of a European country, granting them access to medical treatment when temporarily living abroad or travelling. When travelling to EEA countries, people could simply show their E111 card to officials if they were in need of free or reduced cost urgent medical treatment after an accident, and they would no longer have to pay the maximum fees.
However, it’s important to consider that an E111 renew card will not grant you immune to all medical accident expenses. The E111 will not cover any private medical healthcare costs, as well as injuries obtained whilst on a cruise. Therefore, even though you have access to an E111 card to keep you medically covered abroad for the majority or accidents, it’s always worth investing in travel insurance too, in order to fill in those all-important gaps, otherwise you might be welcomed home by huge medical treatment bills despite having an E111 renew card.

Why Did The E111 Change To The EHIC?

From January 2006, the E111 was slightly changed, thus creating the new EHIC Card. These changes were made to ensure that by travelling to an EEA country, you would receive medical treatment in the same manner as if you were a residential citizen permanently living in the country. Therefore, a small up-front cost may be required as a contribution to your healthcare, very similar to contributions that you may pay in the UK for dental care, for example. By creating an E111 card renewal, you can now show your EHIC card in foreign countries and be charged much less for your co-payment, saving you thousands of pounds which you might want to use on holiday as spending money.

Is My E111 Still Valid?

The simple answer to this question is no – you will need to apply for an E111 renewal card. By going through the E111 renewal process, you will be greeted by the new EHIC card, which will keep you covered medically whilst abroad just as the E111 did. You might already have an EHIC card but refer to it as an E111, so if this is the case, just double check it hasn’t reached the expiry date and you’ll be safe to use it on your international travels.
However, you will only be entitled to an E111 renew card if you’re a British citizen. The rules are based on EU law, as it depends on your insurability rather than nationality. Since the UK is operated on a residency-based healthcare system, your insurability is completely based on residency as opposed to other factors such as payment of National Insurance contributions. If you’re simply a resident in the UK, and you aren’t insured by any other EEA countries (you can find a list below), then you are highly-likely to be entitled to an E111 card renewal, providing you have all the evidence necessary to prove it.

How Do I Renew My E111 Card?

An E111 renewal has been made so much simpler with EHIC-CARD. All you need to do is enter all of the relevant details, including your names, date of birth and EHIC PIN Number to name a few. Don’t worry about the EHIC PIN Number – your E111 card should have a PIN present, and all you need to do is enter that into our online application in order to apply for your E111 card renewal. If you do not have a PIN to enter into our application form, you will need to apply for your E111 renewal card via telephone or post instead.
You are able to renew your E111 card 6 months before your current one expires. If you comply with this rule and renew it within this period, you will not have any extra time added onto the expiry date of your new EHIC Card. Even if your current E111 card has a significant amount of time left, we will always recommend applying for an E111 renew card as early as possible, as if the process takes longer than expected, you may be forced on holiday without having any medical cover, running the risk of expensive medical treatment bills.

My Family Have E111 Cards – Do They Need EHICs?

With the old E111 card, all family members would have medical cover under one form. However, the EHIC system works slightly differently, meaning that each member of your family will need an EHIC Card, including children.
However, the process of E111 renewal for your family is very simple. All you need to do is fill in the details of your family into our online application form, even if you don’t currently require a new EHIC card – this is because all family members are linked through the EHIC system. Consequently, only the E111 cards of family members who need a renewal will be renewed when you commence the process.
If you are a family member resident within another EEA country or Switzerland, you may still be entitled to an E111 renewal. Being a family member who is a posted worker that isn’t covered by the insurance that the EEA country they live in provides, means that you may be eligible for an E111 card renewal. Furthermore, if you or a family member isn’t an EEA or Swiss national, extra evidence will need to be provided in order to apply for an E111 renewal card.

Where Is My E111 Valid?

The E111 card is valid in the majority of countries within the EU, excluding a small amount. If you would like to use your E111 abroad, the following countries will allow you to do so:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands (Holland)
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Always ensure that you double check this list of countries before you book your holiday, as failure to do so could result in the lack of medical cover abroad. It’s important to note that places such as the Isle of Man and Monaco do not comply with the EHIC card, and therefore you will not be able to use your E111 renewal card in these places, as well as a couple of others.

Do I Still Claim Back On The EHIC Like I Did The E111?

Depending on the country that you’re visiting, you might have to pay your healthcare bill upfront once treated, and then claim back your money via a refund by using your EHIC. We would always recommend that you attempt applying for your refund before you depart back home, otherwise the process could become quite lengthy.
Often, contributions also need to be paid when receiving medical care abroad and this is also known as a co-payment, which can happen when purchasing a prescription, for example. Therefore, when visiting these EEA countries, you should consider this payment, as you will not be able to claim back this money in a selection of countries.

How Long Will My EHIC Renewal Be Valid For?

Your EHIC renewal will be valid for 5 years once you have applied for it. This means that you can use it as many times as you like when travelling abroad, as long as you’re visiting one of the EU countries mentioned above. As previously mentioned, you can apply for your E111 renewal 6 months before you present one expires, which we always encourage at EHIC-Card.
You should always ensure that your new EHIC Card is valid before you depart on your travels, as without it, your holiday might not be as stress-free and relaxing as you initially anticipated.

Can EHIC-Card Help Me To Renew My EHIC Card?

We certainly can. We understand at EHIC-Card that the process of applying for an EHIC card or attempting to renew your E111 can be difficult and often confusing, which is why we are always here to help everyone in need of a E111 renewal service. Our online application is very easy to use, no matter what your Internet capabilities are. We have made the E111 renewal process as simple as we possibly can, meaning that you could have granted medical healthcare cover whilst on holiday in no time at all.

If you have any questions regarding an E111 card renewal, or have any enquiries relating to how the EHIC Card works, view our FAQs page today.