Is my EHIC still valid?
Yes, however what it covers has changed and once it expires, you'll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it.
What has changed?
Since the 1st January 2021 a UK issued EHIC (or GHIC) is only valid in the EU
, it is no longer valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.
You can however 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?
You can apply for a GHIC here
What else do I need to know?
Your GHIC or EHIC 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 an EHIC or GHIC?
The gov.uk website
recommends all UK travellers to take out 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.
The information provided in this answer is an overview of the information held on the NHS GHIC site
and was last updated on 21st January 2021. It is likely this information will change over time so while we will update regularly we recommend checking the NHS GHIC site
for full details.