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Check the expiry date on EHIC cards before your holiday!

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ChippyMinton Tue 14-Jun-11 10:54:48

Just dug out the family's European Health Insurance cards (replaced the old E111) for our summer trip to France, to find they expired last month. It's easy to renew online here

cookcleanerchaufferetc Tue 14-Jun-11 14:32:12

And never ever pay for them!

midnightexpress Tue 14-Jun-11 14:33:09

Ours came through quite quickly - about a week after I applied online.

LordSucre Tue 14-Jun-11 14:33:45

thanks for this, just checked ours and they ran out feb 2010 !! We diligently took them abroad last aug which would have been a complete waste of time.

Mytholmroyd Tue 14-Jun-11 14:38:00

thanks for reminding me - all renewed now!

LordSucre Tue 14-Jun-11 14:45:01

just re-newed all ours, thanks so much for the heads up!

mufti Tue 14-Jun-11 14:49:20

done ,thanks for this

ChippyMinton Tue 14-Jun-11 15:00:09

I didn't think I'd be the only one somehow!
Let's keep this bumped.

LordSucre Tue 14-Jun-11 15:01:06


ChippyMinton Tue 14-Jun-11 17:21:59

Go and check now!

LordSucre Tue 14-Jun-11 17:35:07


ChippyMinton Tue 14-Jun-11 21:59:20

bedtime bump for all you holidaymakers.

LordSucre Thu 16-Jun-11 12:38:10


ChippyMinton Tue 21-Jun-11 09:29:50


Kiwinyc Tue 21-Jun-11 13:00:57

Thank you!!!

Just looked and ours expired Sept last year! Am renewing now for our holiday to France in August. I had completely forgotten about them.

Bramshott Tue 21-Jun-11 13:04:06

Thanks! I'd done the same as many here - taken mine abroad with me at least once since Jan this year, when they expired!

bigTillyMint Tue 21-Jun-11 13:08:38

THanks for the reminder - just doing ours now, but can't find DH's NI number...grrr...

ChippyMinton Tue 21-Jun-11 14:06:05


yogabird Mon 09-Jul-12 11:36:52

Have just applied for mine - we're off on Sunday...wish I'd thought of it before, it may take 10 days it says, will just have to chance it!

mummy2l Mon 09-Jul-12 13:39:15

Hi I think I may have made a bo bo! I've paid £20.00 for ours! Are they meant to be free? Was in a rush when sorting it as had a screaming toddler fussing!!

Seeline Mon 09-Jul-12 13:42:13

Just renewed ours - 2 yrs out of date grin They arrived within the week of applying on line. Definitely free.

mummy2l Mon 09-Jul-12 13:53:50

Yep defiantly messed up sad just clicked on. the first link in a Google search! Am now £20 lighter. Just hope they arrive sad

bronze Mon 09-Jul-12 13:54:45

Thank you
Mine has expired

bronze Mon 09-Jul-12 13:59:03

Any idea how long they take? (renewal)

SmileItsSunny Mon 09-Jul-12 14:07:06

I second this. My DB got caught out last month with appendicitis in Spain. His card which he'd left at home and had to get a housemate to send photo of had expired. He would have had to pay full costs up front.
Fortunately I was able to phone EHIC people who renewed it for him and faxed confirmation over to the hospital, but it was a worrying time.

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