Travelling to Slovakia and the GHIC Card

The Global Health Insurance Card is now issued instead of the European Health Insurance Card. We want you to feel safe as you travel to our beautiful country to explore all it has to offer. One of the best ways to help with this is for you to apply for your GHIC before you travel to Slovakia. This card will allow all EU citizens to benefit from receiving healthcare in all of the European Union countries. Having your Slovakia GHIC will allow you to access health centres and hospitals in the country. Please be aware that even with this card all patients have to pay a little bit towards the treatment, but these costs are very minimal. The standard of medical care on offer in Slovakia is good and you will be looked after.

Slovakia GHIC Card

We want you to visit Slovakia and if it something unfortunate happens to you when you are in the country we want you to be able to receive the medical care you require. Having your Slovakia GHIC Card means you can access the health care you need and you follow the same rules as a citizen of the country would. Having one of these cards, which you will need to carry with you at all times, means you can get the necessary medical care if you happen to have an accident or fall ill while travelling. If you require treatment while in the country then you must show your GHIC Card, for example a Luxembourg GHIC card. The GHIC Card only covers one person and it is valid for 5 years from the date it is received. If you are travelling as a family then all people travelling will need a card. If there is someone in your family or travelling party under the age of 16 then include their details on your application and they will receive a card of their own.

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Slovakia UK GHIC Card

As a traveller to our country, having the Slovakia UK GHIC Card will enable you to take advantage of receiving the medical care you need if the worst was to happen and you needed it while you are on holiday. You are treated in exactly the same way as the residents of Slovakia as we want to make you feel welcome and want you to return to visit the country time and time again.

Slovakia GHIC Application

The Slovakia GHIC and Malta GHIC card application can be done over the telephone or online. If you wish to apply over the phone then the number to ring is 0300 330 1350. There is no charge for applying over the phone and it can take a couple of days to process the application.

If you would prefer to make your application online then this can be done by visiting If you apply this way you should receive your card within a maximum of 10 working days and there is no charge for the application. As an alternative to this, you can decide to apply by using our check and send service. The click and send service takes a bit more time to complete and with this service, the card will be received in 10 to 14 working days. There is a fee for this service, which covers the administrative expenses and this cost is £29.98.

Slovakia UK Global Health Insurance Card

If you live in the UK and want to travel to Slovakia, you can get the new UK issued Global Health Insurance Card. You are able to apply for this if you meet one of the following criteria:

– You have been living in the UK prior to January 1st 2021 are a national of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein
– You receive a UK state pension and live in one of the countries mentioned in the previous point prior to January 1st 2021
– You are classed as a frontier worker (live in one state but work in another) and you must have been classed as this prior to January 1st 2021

You can also apply for the UK GHIC if you are a family member of an individual who qualifies to apply based on the above points.

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Slovakia Health Insurance Card

Your Slovakia Health Insurance Card and Netherlands GHIC card allows you to get the medical treatment you need while temporarily being in the country. The peace of mind having the card has can’t be ignored and it enables you to receive the same terms of treatment as natives of Slovakia. If you do need care when you are visiting Slovakia then it is advised that you choose a provider that has an agreement with one of the health insurance companies below:

– VšZP

Presenting your GHIC card should result in you receiving your treatment straight away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply for a GHIC if I already have a valid EHIC?

No, you don’t. If your EHIC is still in date then this will still be valid and you don’t need to apply for a new GHIC until your EHIC expires.

What medical care does the GHIC cover?

The Global Health Insurance Card will cover medical care that is necessary at either a reduced cost or totally free. The cover also includes any treatment required for a chronic condition or historical condition that requires urgent treatment during the visit. The card will cover routine maternity treatment that could come up while visiting the country. If any oxygen or kidney dialysis has been pre-booked before the holiday then this will also be covered.

What isn’t covered by the GHIC?

The card is not to be used as an alternative to any travel insurance and the card isn’t valid on cruises. It will also not cover any costs associated with things such as mountain rescues or the cost of being flown back home if this is required. The card will not cover any of the costs associated with the treatment if the individual has travelled solely with the intention of getting medical treatment. The GHIC will not cover any costs if an individual travels to the country to give birth.

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