Under Britain’s new agreement with the EU, the rights to emergency and medically necessary healthcare will remain for UK residents when travelling in the EU for temporary stays including business travel, holidays and studying.
The new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace the existing European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Current EHICs continue to be valid as long as they are in date and travellers only need to apply for a GHIC card once their current EHIC expires. Both cards will offer equal protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU.
The GHIC card can be obtained for free from the official GHIC website. It is advised to apply for the new card at least two weeks before you travel to ensure it arrives on time.
If a UK resident is travelling without a card, they are still entitled to emergency and necessary healthcare. In this situation the traveller should contact the NHS Business Services Authority who can arrange payment should they require treatment when abroad.
EU member state residents will continue to be accepted by the NHS with their EHIC cards.
Regardless of the EHIC and GHIC cards, CT Business Travel always recommend that anyone travelling overseas should take out comprehensive travel insurance including healthcare and pre-existing medical condition cover.