European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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Recipients

Entitlement holders and their dependent beneficiaries who meet the requirements in accordance with Spanish law and Social Security Community Regulations.

Application and Renewal

Via the Internet, Social Security e-Office (sede.seg-social.gob.es), a digital certificate is not necessary to access this service.

Social Security Support and Information Centres (CAISS), requesting an appointment at the chosen CAISS, or in the Social Marine Institute (ISM) Provincial or Local Offices, when necessary to produce documentation proving the entitlement to export healthcare services.

Regardless of the chosen EHIC application form, this will be sent, in a period not longer than 10 days, to the address registered in the Social Security Database, so it is essential to have this information updated. It will never be given out at the office.

When the issue of the EHC is not possible, or if the travel is imminent, the EHC Card Provisional Substitute can be requested.

Validity

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for two years, until the expiry date shown. Use of the EHIC during its validity period is subject to the holder continuing to meet the requirements under which the card was issued. Nevertheless, expenses incurred may be recovered as undue benefits, pursuant to the provisions of article 76 of Regulation (EC) 883/04.

It is important that you ensure that you have an EHIC and that its validity period includes the planned return date before travelling to another country in the European Economic Area (1) or Switzerland. If not, request a new EHIC to guarantee your health care cover during your stay.

(1) States in which the EHC 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, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.

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