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The GHIC: What it is and how to obtain one

There will be many changes in the travel industry as a result of Brexit and the new deal signed with the EU in 2021. Traveling to and from the EU is no longer the same, as the former EHIC card is no longer valid for the majority of UK residents. There is no need to be concerned, however, because the UK government has replaced the EHIC with the GHIC.

How are the EHIC and GHIC different from one another?

The differences between the two cards are minor. The UK government and the EU agreed to a reciprocal healthcare agreement to help travellers from both countries. The UK government does not have such an agreement with the following countries: Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland. This is true for both the EHIC and the GHIC. These nations will, however, be added to the list of valid countries at a later date. Similarly, the government is looking into the possibility of establishing reciprocal healthcare arrangements with other non-EU countries.

Are EHIC cards still valid in 2022?

The card is valid in the EU as long as the expiration date has not passed. You can apply for a replacement GHIC card after it expires.

Is it still possible to obtain an EHIC card?

The EHIC’s renewal date was December 31, 2020, after which the GHIC was issued as a replacement. It is similar to the EHIC and is also available to UK citizens for free. However, keep in mind that the card will not be accepted in all European countries.

GHIC Identification Cards

UK citizens can now apply for their new GHI cards. This can be accomplished by visiting the website. The GHIC is free to obtain because it has no costs.

What exactly is GHIC?

The GHIC stands for Global Health Insurance Card. While it is not currently global in scope, it is currently limited to EU countries, with ongoing discussions to include other countries at a later stage. Australia and New Zealand are two potential candidates for inclusion.

Will I need a GHIC card?

While it is not currently required to have a GHIC, some travel insurance providers may require one. However, having a GHIC has advantages when travelling in the EU. It provides additional protection when travelling in the event of an unplanned medical emergency. There is no reason why you should not apply for your GHIC because it is free and the application process is simple.

What services does the GHIC provide?

When visiting EU countries, the GHIC will cover the following areas:

  • Any type of emergency treatment, such as a trip to the A&E department in the event of an accident,
  • receiving treatment for any chronic or pre-existing condition.
  • Access to routine medical care for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Maternity check-ups on a regular basis (not giving birth intentionally)
  • If prior arrangements are made, kidney dialysis and oxygen are available.

In the event of a medical emergency, the GHIC will provide state healthcare until you return to the UK. Both EHIC and GHIC only provide treatment at state-run healthcare facilities, so keep them in mind when you visit any location.

If you require treatment at a private healthcare facility, travel insurance will come in handy.

Maternity check-ups on a regular basis (not giving birth intentionally)

If prior arrangements are made, kidney dialysis and oxygen are provided.

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