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Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

Now that BJ has dragged us (British here) out of the EU and our EHIC cards are no longer valid, can I get one from Switzerland as a Swiss resident? Does Switzerland issue EHIC cards?

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Old 02.01.2021, 22:10
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

Have a look at the back of your health insurance card.
If you are a Swiss resident and have Swiss basic health insurance then you’ll have a Swiss EHIC card and it’s usually on the back of the health insurance card.
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

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Now that BJ has dragged us (British here) out of the EU and our EHIC cards are no longer valid, can I get one from Switzerland as a Swiss resident? Does Switzerland issue EHIC cards?

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Turn your health insurance card over, it's already there.
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

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I get one from Switzerland as a Swiss resident?
As a Swiss resident you must have one.
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

Thanks all. Funny I had never checked the back of it
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

As a Swiss resident a UK-issued EHIC card would not have been valid anyway
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

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That depends... some of us have dual-residency...
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Old 03.01.2021, 16:06
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That depends... some of us have dual-residency...
You may have, but it still wouldn't be valid here since the Swiss EHIC would take priority.
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

dual residency with Swiss Health/accident insurance?

Great news for those on S1 exemptions (eg UK citizens retired here without Swiss Pension or income) - new EHIC's have been issued and are valid for 5 years- but will not cover all costs (for instance in France, 70% as for French residents) - now to find a Broker who will agree to cover the excess. The search commences.
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dual residency with Swiss Health/accident insurance?

Great news for those on S1 exemptions (eg UK citizens retired here without Swiss Pension or income) - new EHIC's have been issued and are valid for 5 years- but will not cover all costs (for instance in France, 70% as for French residents) - now to find a Broker who will agree to cover the excess. The search commences.
Out of interest, what do you do in this situation, for medical insurance if you travel outside of Europe?

World Nomads do full travel insurance regardless of your place of residence. Might help? https://www.worldnomads.com
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

Thanks for this. At the moment, we have no plans to travel beyond Europe- as we cannot go without doggie. But indeed, I do not know what we will do and probably will not be able to do our trip to OZ/Tasmania/NZ as planned.

The British Embassy in Bern just does not 'get it' and keeps saying we have to take travel insurance- WHICH DOES NOT EXIST here. (well it does, for those with Swiss health and accident Insurance, to cover any possible excess over the notional 'double' cost).

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The British Embass in Bern just does not 'get it' and keeps saying we have to take travel insurance- WHICH DOES NOT EXIST here. (well it does, for those with Swiss health and accident Insurance, to cover any possible excess over the notional 'double' cost).
That's why I suggested World Nomads. It works like a UK travel insurance policy, but accepts Swiss residents.
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Re: Does Switzerland issue EHIC Cards?

And I am very grateful thanks. VEry useful to know. Our main issue is age (70+) and pre-existing conditions- but THANKS.

We were told EHIC would not cover us anymore, and this caused so much stress. At least now, we have some cover- for instance as we drive to UK, or go to nearby France or on trips to Italy. Combined with REGA - we should be able to cover any shortfall and repatriate asap in most cases. Pheew. Ours are UK issued and linked to S1 exemption, as British retirees without Swiss pension or income- new style with the hologram, and is not available to those who are not on S1 exemption.

We are of course covered fully in CH and UK.

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Our main issue is age (70+)
Ah.... just checked, max age 65. That SUCKS!
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Old 03.01.2021, 20:44
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Ah.... just checked, max age 65. That SUCKS!
Really? They must have changed it because I used World Nomads for our trip to the States in 2019 and I was 66 then.
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And I am very grateful thanks. VEry useful to know. Our main issue is age (70+) and pre-existing conditions- but THANKS.

We were told EHIC would not cover us anymore, and this caused so much stress. At least now, we have some cover- for instance as we drive to UK, or go to nearby France or on trips to Italy. Combined with REGA - we should be able to cover any shortfall and repatriate asap in most cases. Pheew. Ours are UK issued and linked to S1 exemption, as British retirees without Swiss pension or income- new style with the hologram, and is not available to those who are not on S1 exemption.

We are of course covered fully in CH and UK.
I read that UK issued GHIC cards will work in the EU still but not Switzerland - do you know if Swiss issued EHIC work in the UK?
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