Brexit: What will happen to your EHIC health card AFTER Britain leaves the EU? | Travel News | Travel

Formal negotiations for Brexit are well underway, as the Government works to secure Britain’s future relationship with the European Union

There are many aspects of travel which are set to be affected, including the probability that new visas will be introduced

One of the topics up for consideration is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 

The EHIC is a privilege afforded to all UK citizens travelling within the EU.

It provides tourists with state provided essential medical treatment, should anything go wrong while you’re abroad. 

The EHIC covers temporary stays in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. 

According to the Department of Health, there are over 27 million people who possess one of the health cards.

While the EHIC remains valid after the triggering of Article 50, speculation is rife as to whether it will be axed in 2019 by the time Brexit is complete. 

Considering non-EU countries like Iceland and Switzerland partake in the EHIC scheme, it’s possible Britain will follow in their footsteps. 

The official advice from the UK Government said: “The EU should be keen to keep Britain on-board the EHIC scheme, as we return billions in health costs and funding to the European Union. 

“Moreover, millions of Europeans continue to visit Britain, with a modest number ending up requiring care and treatment in our hospitals. 

“If we do leave EHIC, the EU is also at risk of a decline in British visitors, given the risk of massive up-front costs to travellers if they are injured or have an accident.”

Another reason the EU might keep Britain in EHIC is due to the impact on tourism. 

The UK’s EHIC service explained: “EHIC helps support its many tourism destinations like Spain, which relies on British tourism to keep local economy healthy, regardless of our EU status. 

“If the country does withdraw from the scheme, the impact of the loss of EHIC membership will see British tourists go to non-EU destinations or stay at home,…

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