European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) lets you get healthcare in another EU or European Economic Area (EEA) state for free, or at a reduced cost.

It covers you if you are on holiday, or on a short-term stay. 

A short-term stay is generally accepted as for a period of less than 3 months. The exception to this is a student who may be considered a visitor on a short-term stay up to a full academic year.

EHIC replaces the old E111 form. You need one for each member of your family. It’s free and there’s no charge to apply.

There are different ways to apply depending on:

  • if you live in Ireland
  • if you live in another European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) member state, or Switzerland
If you are living in Ireland

If you are an Irish citizen, Irish pensioner or an EU citizen living in Ireland you can apply for an EHIC:

  • in person at your local health office
  • by post
  • online – but only if you already have a medical card or drug payment scheme card

You must be living in Ireland and have an address here. You will need to show proof of this.

The card takes about 10 working days and will be posted to you.

Apply in person

You can apply for an EHIC in person at your local health office, except Dublin North West. The Dublin North West office only accepts applications by post.

Find your local health office here.

To apply, you’ll need to give your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • Personal Public Service (PPS) number


You will need to show your passport or driving licence at the office.

You might be asked to show evidence of your PPS Number. This could be on a P60 or social services card.

You might also need to show proof that you live in Ireland, like a rent agreement or employment contract.

Apply by post

To apply by post you need to:

You’ll need to give your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • Personal Public Service Number (PPSN)

You might be asked to show evidence of your PPS number, such as on a P60 or social services card. Send photocopies of these, not the originals. 

You might also need to show proof that you’re an Irish resident, like a rent agreement or employment contract. Send photocopies of these, not the originals. 

If you have a medical card or a drug payment scheme card

If you have a medical or drug payment scheme card, you can apply for an EHIC online.

Apply Online