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European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (REM) < Go back

This service allows you to apply for or renew your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) using a digital certificate or Cl@ve-user password. You can also check if you hold a valid EHIC.

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

  • Access your Social Security portal 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.

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.

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 people insured in the country 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 European Health Insurance Card will be sent within 10 days to the address indicated at the time of application.

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

El acceso a este servicio estará habilitado únicamente cuando se identifique como persona física o entidad

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