What will happen to EHIC cards after Brexit?

Will Brits still be able to use their EHIC card after Brexit?

Of course, this is one of the many questions that’s going to remain unanswered for a quite a while. Indeed with negotiations between the UK and the EU is expected to take up to two years, it could be a long while before the situation is clear in regards to the EHIC card.

What is an EHIC card?

An EHIC card the European Health Insurance card that entitles European citizens reciprical healthcare in other European countries.

Contrary to popular belief, the EHIC (formally known in Britain as the E111 card) is not an EU invention. It is actually from the EEA (The European Economic Area). The EEA includes such countries as Norway and Switzerland, which are not EU countries but use the EHIC scheme nonetheless.

Won’t Britain remain as a member of the EEA after Brexit?

This is unlikely. Being a member of the EEA means freedom of movement of people. This is the main issue for the UK in regards to Brexit! If the UKĀ  could have turned off the free movement of people, then it would not be in the situation it is now.

So it is expected that the UK will leave the EEA too so it can control it’s borders.

Where does this leave the EHIC card?

In theory the UK will come out of the EHIC scheme because it will not be a member of the EEA.

For more on this news item check out this recent telegraph article.