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Travelling to Europe with the EHIC after Brexit

When Britain left the EU in January 2021, EHIC cards were replaced with the GHIC - UK Global Health Insurance Card.

The GHIC (and EHIC before it) only covers emergency treatment in some EU countries, so European Travel Insurance is always a sensible option to take with you, especially if you're heading to one of the countries no longer covered by the card such as Iceland or Switzerland.

When you're travelling in Europe, be sure to take your GHIC (or EHIC card if it’s still valid) with you to cover the cost of emergency treatment; without it you'd have to cover the cost yourself.

We've looked at 14 countries and the costs you’d expect to pay post Brexit without the card in place.

Choose a country to find out more

  • Sweden

    Sweden

  • Ireland

    Ireland

  • Germany

    Germany

  • France

    France

  • Spain

    Spain

  • Netherlands

    Netherlands

  • Portugal

    Portugal

  • Switzerland

    Switzerland

  • Bulgaria

    Bulgaria

  • Greece

    Greece

  • Italy

    Italy

  • Austria

    Austria

  • Croatia

    Croatia

  • Poland

    Poland

  • X-ray
  • Broken leg including repatriation
  • Food poisoning
  • Stitches for a cut
  • Appendectomy
  • Heart attack/ heart bypass
  • Doctor’s consultation
  • Ambulance call out
  • Repatriation to the UK
  • Painkiller prescription

Pre and Post-Brexit costs...

...in countries where treatment charges could rise

Pre-Brexit

Post-Brexit

Food poisoning

£0 £1,500

Appendectomy

£0 £4,000

Heart attack/bypass

£0 £25,000

Doctor's consultation

£0 £150

Ambulance call out

£0 £300

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