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Travelling this weekend? Pack your EHIC card

Ahead of a busy weekend for international travel Waterford Fine Gael Senator John Cummins is encouraging anyone heading to Europe to make sure they pack their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).


Senator Cummins noted that up to a third of Irish people haven’t applied for their EHIC. “This is a big weekend for travel with thousands of Irish people due to set off to the continent on holiday or to visit friends and family. One of the great benefits of being part of the EU is that Irish people can avail of free or greatly subsidised public healthcare should they need it”.


Senator Cummins continued: “Formally known as the E1-11 card, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) lets you access 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 and it is an essential item to pack when travelling across Europe.


“My Fine Gael colleague Minister Neale Richmond previously carried out research which showed that up to a third of Irish people didn’t have an EHIC and no doubt the impact of Covid-19 will have meant many more simply haven’t applied.”


“You can apply or renew an EHIC through the HSE website in minutes so whether you intend to travel to Paris, Madrid, Bratislava or Amsterdam I am urging anyone travelling not to leave home without their EHIC.


Senator Cummins concluded by saying “Looking ahead to the summer season, I would also advise everyone to check that their passport and that of their children is in date. Last year we assisted so many families with passports who very nearly missed out on trips away due to backlogs within the passport office. I would encourage anyone who is applying for a first time passport or for a renewal to do so online without delay. Online is by far and away the quickest and best option”.


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