New GHIC replaces EHIC card for Brit holidaymakers needing healthcare while in EU

THE UK has launched the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) from today, to replace the European EHIC.

From today, Brits will be able to apply for the new card for free.

Anyone with an in-date EHIC will still be able to use this when in Europe, but will receive the new GHIC when they apply for a new one.

The new scheme has been launched due to Brexit, with the new deal in place since January 1.

The card will offer the same medical healthcare as before, which includes for pre-existing conditions, when abroad on the same cost and basis as residents in the country.

However, the new GHIC is also not valid in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

You can apply for a new GHIC at – Brits are being warned of a number of scams trying to charge applicants when the process is free for all UK residents.

A Which? investigation found that the top three searches for GHICs on Google were charging up to £30 for the new cards – and have since issued a warning not to fall for the scam.

Minister for Health Edward Argar said in regard to the new GHIC scheme: “Our deal with the EU ensures the right for our citizens to access necessary healthcare on their holidays and travels to countries in the EU will continue.

“The GHIC is a key element of the UK’s Future Relationship with the EU and will provide certainty and security for all UK residents.”

Holidaymakers are still advised to take out travel insurance as the GHIC does not cover all medical emergencies.

We’ve explained everything you need to know about your holiday to an EU country since the Brexit deal was introduced.

Brits will also be given blue passports going forward to replace the EU burgundy passport.

Burgundy passports will still be valid until they expire, but will have to have at least six months left on them.

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