Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) is launched

The UK Government has formally launched its new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement [press release here].

Residents of the United Kingdom, including dual Irish-British citizens, people of Northern Ireland, and Irish citizens who take up residence in the UK from 1 January 2021, can apply for a GHIC card. This will permit them to access necessary state-provided healthcare at the same cost as local residents while on visits to EU countries.

Existing EHIC cards will continue to be valid until their expiry date, after which UK residents should apply for a replacement GHIC card.

Information on the new GHIC and how you can apply can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/

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