European Health Insurance Card Spain - How Can You Use It?
When visiting Spain, you should bring either a European health insurance card Spain, a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), and travel insurance that includes adequate healthcare coverage.
An EHIC or GHIC does not replace travel insurance. Before you travel, make sure you have both.
An EHIC only covers public healthcare and not private treatment. You can get medically necessary treatment in Spain on the same terms as a Spanish citizen if you have an EHIC. This means you'll be able to get healthcare for free or at a reduced cost.
An EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance; it does not cover mountain rescue or being flown back to the UK (medical repatriation). Before you travel to Spain, make sure you have both.
If you do not have an EHIC, GHIC, or provisional replacement certificate, you may be required to pay in full for treatment (PRC).
Purchase travel insurance that includes healthcare coverage for your condition. Medically necessary treatment will be covered by your European health insurance cardSpain.
Read the Money and Pensions Advice Service's travel insurance advice for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Bring any paperwork related to your medical condition or medications.
If you require medical attention while in Spain, you may need to make arrangements ahead of time. For example, if you require oxygen therapy or dialysis.
Some medications prescribed for medical conditions are not permitted to be brought into the EU. These include special foods containing meat or dairy that are required for medical reasons.
Using your EHIC in Spain
A UK prescription can be used to obtain medicines, including special foods required for medical reasons In Spain.
In Spain, prescription medications are not free. You get a lower rate with an EHIC or GHIC, but you still have to pay:
- 50% off the prescription cost.
- 10% off the prescription cost if you have a UK State Pension, you may be required to provide proof that you are a pensioner in order to pay this rate.
- Prescription fees are non-refundable.
You can get oxygen therapy with an EHIC or a GHIC, but you must make arrangements ahead of time.
At least one month before your trip, you must submit a written request to the Spanish health authority in the area you intend to visit.
You can apply for an EHIC through the Spanish State Secretariat for Social Security and Pensions' Electronic Office. The card is delivered to the applicant's home address within five days.
Yes. You can get medically necessary treatment in Spain on the same terms as a Spanish citizen if you have an EHIC or GHIC.
Yes. Students and people with a registered S1 in Spain can now apply for a new UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) valid after January 1, 2021.
If you need treatment and do not have your European health insurance card Spain, or if your card is lost or stolen abroad, you must apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC). You should contact Overseas Healthcare Services. The NHS Business Services Authority is responsible for this (BSA).