As the summer holidays are here, Burton and Uttoxeter’s MP Andrew Griffiths has warned holiday makers not to be fooled by websites trying to charge people to apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
All UK residents can apply for an EHIC that will entitle them to medically necessary healthcare while travelling abroad in Europe. This can be done for free through official Government websites at http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx and https://www.gov.uk/european-health-insurance-card.
However Andrew is warning people not to be taken in by other unofficial websites who try to charge people up to £35 to apply for an EHIC.
Andrew said: “A constituent contacted me to say she had found a website trying to charge for the EHIC, which is a free card provided by the Government. The EHIC is very important for anyone travelling in Europe to have, and I would encourage everyone going abroad this summer to make sure they have one. But beware of these unofficial websites trying to charge – you do not need to pay to obtain the EHIC. Only use the official Government and NHS websites for the EHIC, and don’t be fooled by others offering the service, even if they come at the top in search engine listings.”
In addition to travel insurance, the EHIC is important for everyone travelling in Europe to have, as it gives you the right to receive free or discounted state-provided healthcare in 31 other European countries.