Press Release

European Health Insurance Card – change from 1 May 2010


Due to a change in European law, from the 1st May 2010 responsibility for issuing the European Health Insurance Card will no longer rest with a person’s state of residence.

In practise this means that the HSE will have to issue the EHIC for all Irish insured persons or pensioners and their dependant’s resident in other member States, e.g. a retired person receiving a contributory pension from the Department of Social Welfare but who lives in Spain would up to now have their EHIC issued by the Spanish authorities. From 1 May 2010 the EHIC will be issued by the Irish authorities.