What is a GHIC and how do I get one?
If you are a British national then since January 2021 you can no longer apply for an EHIC as the UK is no longer part of the EU. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) is a replacement and lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.
The GHIC is valid in the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Please note you can use a UK passport to get medically necessary healthcare in Norway (for example emergency treatment, or to treat a pre-existing condition).
How do I apply for a GHIC?
To apply for a GHIC click here
What else do I need to know?
Your GHIC covers you for emergency medical treatment only including treatment of a chronic or pre-existing medical condition that becomes necessary during your visit. It can also cover oxygen and kidney dialysis, but you will need to pre-book these treatments before you depart for your trip. It will not cover your medical treatment if you're travelling abroad specifically to have medical treatment, including giving birth.
Do I still need travel insurance if I have a GHIC?
The gov.uk website
recommends all UK travellers to take out an appropriate travel insurance policy when travelling abroad. It is important to remember that an EHIC or GHIC does not cover you for rescue or repatriation costs, or if you are on a cruise. It's also important to remember that each EU country's healthcare system is different and without insurance, you may have to contribute to some of the cost of your care – like locals do.
If you are admitted to the hospital contact must be made with the Medical Emergency Assistance Company as soon as possible and their authority obtained in respect of any treatment NOT available under a reciprocal health agreement. The information provided in this answer is an overview of the information held on the NHS GHIC site and was last updated on 27th July 2022.