Almost everyone who lives and/or works in the Netherlands is insured for care costs through the Long-term Care Act (Wlz) and the Zorgverzekeringswet (Zvw). This usually stops when you move abroad. In some situations, you and/or your family members are entitled to medical care in your new country of residence at the expense of the Netherlands. You will then be covered by the Healthcare Abroad Scheme.
Are you planning to go on holiday? Or are you travelling within Europe for a different reason? Don't forget to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). With the EHIC you will get medically necessary care if you get ill while staying in another European country. The card is also valid in the Netherlands, but not in your country of residence. You can apply for the 2024 EHIC starting October 15.
Apply for an EHIC
Everyone registered with us as a treaty-entitled person and living in the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland of the United Kingdom can apply for an EHIC with us. You do so by filling out the online application form. You will receive the card within 3 weeks by mail. There is no extra charge.
More than 2 years with the CAK?
Have you applied for the EHIC with us for the last 2 years? Then the new card for 2024 will be sent automatically to you in October. You don't have to apply yourself.
Healthcare with the EHIC
The EHIC is only valid in the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. You cannot use the EHIC in your country of residence. You will receive only medically necessary care with the EHIC. We advise you to take out additional or travel insurance for extra care.