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Application for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (to be sent to the address registered in Affiliation) < Go back

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

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

You must complete the information requested by the form and have your current address included in the Social Security database, as it must match the address you enter. You can update your address in the Change of worker/company address service if you are an active worker or Change of bank details and address if you are a pensioner.

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, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom and Switzerland

If you are not issued the TSE by this means, keep in mind that if the reason for for travelling to another State is to study in official European Union programmes or in educational centres to obtain an official public qualification,  you can access the EHIC by providing documentation accrediting the studies to be carried out. Request an appointment for more information by calling 901 10 65 70 / 91 541 25 30.

The EHIC is not valid when the purpose of travel is to receive medical treatment. In such a case, the National Social Security Institute (INSS) or the Social Marine Institute (ISM) must issue the corresponding form, having first received an affirmative report from the Health Service.

More information on "Scheduled medical treatment".

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

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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.

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Next steps

The European Health Insurance Card  will be sent, within a period not exceeding 5 days, to the address that appears in the Social Security databases.

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

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