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UK Foreign Office Advises Brits to Get Health Travel Insurance When Travelling to EU

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised all citizens of the country to purchase travel insurance that covers them for healthcare as travel to Europe is now different.

Although the UK is no longer part of the European Union, the office has revealed that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is still valid when traveling in the EU as long as it is still valid.

However, when the document expires, Britons will need to replace it with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), reports.

Travel to Europe is different. Your EHIC remains valid in the EU, replace it with GHIC when it expires. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Foreign Affairs and Development wrote on its official Twitter account on 15 September that you should still get travel insurance that covers the care health.

Brits whose EHIC has expired can apply for a GHIC on the NHS website. The application is free, and applicants must provide the following information in order to be eligible for a GHIC:

Full Name Date of Birth Address National Insurance or NHS Number (England and Wales) CHI Number (Scotland) Health and Welfare Number (Northern Ireland)

Britons can use EHIC or GHIC when traveling to an EU country, but these documents cannot be used when traveling to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. This means that most people cannot get medical treatment and for this reason, everyone is advised to get proper travel insurance based on their needs.

However, UK residents can use their passports to access the medical treatment offered by Norway.

“Remember that EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue at ski resorts, return to the UK, or lost or stolen property. The government has confirmed that it is not valid on cruises.

For those planning to get travel insurance, the authorities recommend that everyone check the following:

Includes the level of coverage of the health care covered by the insurance

According to the UK authorities, travel insurance policies are intended to cover many situations such as medical expenses, loss or theft of property and flight cancellations.

Hence, it is recommended that everyone get an insurance policy as soon as they book a flight to ensure they are covered in case of any changes before they depart.

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