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European Health Insurance Card Lost - What Will Happen?


The European Health Insurance Card(EHIC) is a document that proves that a person with mandatory health insurance (CHI) has the right to get necessary health care from the government during a short stay in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, under the same conditions and for the same price as insured people in those countries.

What if the European Health Insurance Card lost? The EHIC is given to people with CHI insurance in the Republic of Lithuania by the Territorial Health Insurance Fund (THIF). Even if the card hasn't run out yet, it can't be used if the person's insurance changes and they are no longer covered in the country that gave them the card.

What Should You Do If You Go Abroad Without The EHIC?

If you forgot to take your EHIC with you or lost it while traveling and you need to get medical care right away in any EU country, you can connect to the NHIF information system and quickly, safely, and independently make a Certificate temporarily replace the EHIC (the Certificate) for yourself and/or your children.

You can put it on your phone or another electronic device by downloading it. You need to log in through the Electronic Government Gateway Portal so that we can find out who you are.

If you did not have the EHIC or Certificate while you were in a country in the EU, EEA, Switzerland, or the UK, you will have to pay for your own medical care. But when you get back, you can ask the THIF to pay you back, depending on where you live.

What If I Don't Have My EHIC Before I Travel?

Hand holding an EHIC and social security card
Hand holding an EHIC and social security card

You can obtain a Temporary Replacement Certificate in the event that you are unable to produce your European Health Insurance Card due to any reason. This Certificate entitles you to the same benefits as the Card does, but for a more limited time period.

You can submit your application for this Certificate to your Local Health Office either in person, on the internet, or in the mail. A Temporary Replacement Certificate can only be issued to the person applying for it themselves.

What If The European Health Insurance Card Got Lost?

You are able to submit a request for a replacement using the online portal in the event that your UK Global Health Insurance Card (UK GHIC) or UK European Health Insurance Card (UK EHIC) has been misplaced or stolen.

You will be required to submit an application for a new card even if you already have an EHIC card or submitted an application for a UK GHIC before the 29th of June, 2021.

It may take up to fifteen business days for your card to be delivered. If it has been less than 15 business days since you submitted your application and you still have not received your card, there is no need for you to contact us or submit a new request for your card to be issued.

How Can I Get A Refund From The HSE If I Paid For Healthcare While Abroad?

If you were required to pay for medical services but did not have your EHIC card with you or the healthcare providers charged you in error, you may be eligible for reimbursement from the government.

Make a claim for a refund at the HSE Local Health Office in your area. Please bring any receipts you may have with you.

In order to determine the following, the HSE will submit an E126 form to the health authorities in the other state:

  • In the event that you made use of a public health service
  • How much of a refund is expected to be received?

When the HSE receives the E126 form that has been completed by the other state, the HSE will be able to determine whether or not a refund is owed.

People Also Ask

Are European Health Insurance Cards Still Valid?

You will be able to use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from the UK until the date that is printed on the card's expiration. To get a new GHIC after it has expired, you will need to submit an application for one.

How Do I Get My EHIC Number?

If you have any questions regarding your EHIC, please call the health office in your area. You can submit an application for an EHIC in person at a health office in your community.

Applications are only accepted through the mail at the Dublin North West office. Applications can only be submitted by mail or online for the Dublin South, Kildare, and West Wicklow constituencies.

Can I Renew My European Health Card Online?

If you have your previous EHIC number as well as your PPS number, you can renew your EHIC by using the online system. Your address has not been altered in any way.


If you lost your European Health Insurance Card, the rules of medical ethics say that a doctor can't refuse to treat you if your health needs it. But there is no guarantee that your costs will be covered in the same way that they would have been if you had been able to show that you had social security insurance at the time by showing your card or something similar.

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