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You can use this service to apply for and renew the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Any access that requires you to log in (“Digital certificate” or “Cl@ve-username/password”) will direct you to the portal Your Social Security for authentication.

About this procedure

Who it is for

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

What you can do

If you log in, you can request or renew the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for the holder entitled to healthcare and for their beneficiaries. You can also check if you hold a valid EHIC.

If you do not log in, you can request or renew the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for the holder entitled to  healthcare only, and check the status of an EHIC application or renewal.

What you need to do it

If you log in, you will be directed to Your Social Security. In the “Healthcare” section, click on “Request a European health insurance card” and indicate the address you want the card sent to.

If you do not log in, you must complete the information requested by the programme and have your current address included in the Social Security database, as it must match your real address.

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 travel is to receive medical treatment. In such a case, the Social Marine Institute (ISM) must issue the corresponding form, having first received an affirmative 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 amounts are not reimbursable.

For further information please visit the website http://ec.europa.eu/social.

The EHIC is valid from the date of receipt until the expiry date indicated on the card. 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 the provisions of 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.
  • Insured persons who have the right to receive medical assistance as residents in Spain, or those who are no longer entitled to unemployment benefits.
  • Beneficiaries of non-EU nationality with NIE, and
  • Persons insured who must submit specific documentation to export their entitlement to healthcare.

In these cases, you must visit Provincial or Local Offices of the ISM.

Next steps

The EHIC will be sent in a period of no more than 10 days:

  • To the address indicated, if you have logged in.
  • To the address included in the Social Security database, if you have not logged in.

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

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