Last checked: 14/10/2022

Unplanned healthcare

What should you do if you need unforeseen medical treatment while on a temporary stay in another EU country - for example on holiday, a business trip, or while studying in another EU country for a short period?

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

If you have health insurance in an EU country, you can ask your insurer for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC is proof that you are insured in an EU country. If you don't have your EHIC, or you can't use it (for instance, for private health care), you can't be refused treatment but you might have to pay the full amount for your treatment and claim reimbursement once you get home.

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In an emergency anywhere in the EU you can dial 112 free from any fixed or mobile phone to reach the emergency services

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