Y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a personal and non-transferable document that certifies the holder's entitlement to receive any necessary medically-related health care benefits during their temporary stay as a result of work, study or tourism, in the territory of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, taking into account the type of the benefits and the duration of the stay, in accordance with the legislation of the destination country.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC ) is invalid when the trip has been made for the purpose of receiving medical treatment.
You can find further information at the following Internet address: http://ec.europa.eu/social
Entitlement holders and their dependent beneficiaries who meet the requirements in accordance with Spanish law and European Union Social Security Regulations.
Over the Internet, at the Social Security Electronic Office. You do not need to have a digital certificate to access this service.
In certain circumstances it cannot be requested through this service. Instead you have to attend one of the Social Security Support and Information Centres (CAISS) in person, since you need to provide documentation that proves the entitlement to export health care benefits.
Irrespective of the method of applying for the EHIC, it will be sent the applicant's address within a period of no longer than 10 days. Under no circumstances will it be delivered by hand.
If you have not been able to obtain a EHIC, you can request a Provisional Replacement Certificate (CPS).
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for 2 years and will specify the expiry date on the card. If you need to prove the entitlement to receive health care benefits during an earlier period, you must request a Provisional Replacement Certificate (CPS).
It is important that before going on a trip to any country in the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you check that you have a EHIC and that its period of validity includes the planned return date. If not, request a new card to guarantee your health care cover during your stay.
Countries where the EHIC is valid:
Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.