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Brits warned not to travel with expired EHIC

19th March 2009

Anyone travelling with an expired European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is putting themselves at risk, it has been asserted.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo made this comment after it was revealed that 3.3 million Brits will have an invalid document of this kind by the end of March.

Latest figures reveal 292,089 people have so far renewed their card, meaning over three million are yet to replace their soon to be out out-of-date EHIC.

The document replaced the E111 in 2005 and entitles people to free or reduced-cost medical care in most European countries, should they become sick or have an accident.

Ms Primarolo explained travellers without an updated card will not be covered for basic healthcare.

She commented: “It is vital that UK residents holidaying in Europe carry their EHIC and take out adequate travel insurance to avoid having to pay out unnecessarily for medical costs that could be covered by a valid EHIC.”

The Department of Health also reminded UK residents today that they must have adequate travel cover if visiting the Channel Islands from April 1st 2009 onwards.

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