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You can use this service to apply for and renew the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

About this procedure

Who it is for

Those entitled to medical assistance and their dependent beneficiaries who meet the requirements in accordance with Spanish law and EU Social Security Regulations.

What you can do

  • Apply for/renew the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
  • Check the status of an EHIC application/renewal.

What you need to do it

  • Fill in the information requested by the application.
  • Ensure the address held in the Social Security database is up to date as this must be the same as the current address of the interested party.

Please note

Countries where the EHIC is valid: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland. The EHIC is not valid when the purpose of the trip is to receive medical treatment. In this case,
the National Social Security Institute (INSS) or the Social Marine Institute (ISM) must issue the corresponding form once they have received a favourable report from the Health Service.

In certain cases, you will have to pay a fixed amount or percentage of the healthcare expenses, in line with the conditions applicable to residents in the State to which you are travelling. These sums are not recoverable.

For more information, go to the website EHIC is valid from the date on which it is received until its expiration date.

Use of the EHIC during the validity period is dependent on the holder continuing to meet the requirements that resulted in the certificate being issued. Otherwise, expenses incurred may be recovered as undue benefits, in accordance with article 76 of Regulation (EC) 883/04.

Some insured persons are unable to obtain the EHIC via this Internet service, such as:

  • Persons who draw unemployment benefit and their beneficiaries.
  • Persons insured under a temporary employment contract.
  • Persons insured whose entitlement to receive medical assistance due to income limit has been accepted or whose unemployment benefits have expired.
  • Recipients with an NIE, and
  • Persons insured who must submit specific documentation to export their entitlement to healthcare.

In these cases, the applicants should book an appointment at any CAISS  of the INSS, or at the Provincial or Local Offices of the ISM, in the case of persons covered by the Special Regime for Seafarers.


Next steps

The EHIC will be sent within ten days to the address registered in the Social Security Databases, therefore it is essential that this  information is up-to-date.

To access this service check you have the necessary technical requirements.

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