The GHIC Card will allow citizens of the UK to continue to gain treatment for any existing illnesses, medical emergencies and routine maternity care if needed. You will also be covered by the GHIC if you are to fall ill on a ship or plane, with necessary treatment being available when you arrive in an EU country. While Brits are recommended to continue to purchase travel insurance to ensure that all of their needs are covered before they travel, the GHIC will act as a form of replacement for the well-known EHIC which expired in December 2020 as a result of Brexit.
The GHIC will cover you only in EU countries, as listed below, and will not cover you in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland unlike the old UK EHIC. It is important to note that in some of the countries listed below, you may have to pay a percentage of the cost of the treatment. This is known as patient co-payment. In addition, not all GHIC countries will offer the same treatments for free as the NHS in the UK offers. This is why it is also important to seek your individual travel insurance before your trip.
If you are abroad and you do not have your GHIC with you, then you can get a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) which will allow you to prove your entitlement for the necessary healthcare in that country.
For further information about the GHIC in each of the EU countries in which you are covered, then please use our navigation below to read more.