How to apply for or renew the European Health Insurance Card?

The European Health Card (@CardCards) is a document that certifies the right to receive healthcare in any country of the European Union and also in Swiss and in the countries of European Economic Area (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). It is a personal card, but in which you can include beneficiaries, the same ones you have on the health card that you use regularly.

As detailed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (@MAECgob), the card is designed to receive the care you need during a temporary stay in any of the aforementioned countries, under the same conditions as the rest of the citizens residing there. Taking it with you on a vacation or if you are going to spend a few weeks or months with a displaced family member is important. Although you must be clear that it is not valid to travel expressly to receive medical treatment nor to be treated if you move your habitual residence to another member state of the Union.

European sanitary card

Where to get the card or request its renewal?

The European Health Card can be ordered easily via Internet directly accessing the Web of the Social Security, where you have the link that will allow you to carry out the procedure in two different ways:

  • If you agree with digital certificate or system password Cl @ ave to the section ‘Your social security’, you will only have to select the option that clearly specifies ‘Apply for a European health card’. Nothing else, that simple. In this case, you must indicate the address to which you want your card to be sent, as it may be different from the one that appears in the Social Security database.
  • If you do not have electronic identification, you can also request the card online, but you will have to fill in the different forms that appear on successive screens, mainly personal data, your usual health card number, etc. Keep in mind that you will receive it at the address that has Social Security as your usual address.

The normal thing is that it reaches you in a period not exceeding 10 days. If you need it urgently, for example due to an unforeseen trip, you can also request a Substitute Provisional Certificate, whose management is faster and with which you would have the same health benefits as those granted by the card.