Teresa is warning constituents about the existence of a number of misleading websites which charge people for European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs). These cards are available free of charge to people who are ordinarily resident in the UK, and these sites should not be believed.
As the summer holidays approach, applications for EHICs usually rise significantly. Teresa therefore wants to make constituents aware of these misleading websites, and to provide them with information about how to apply for free. Information about the card and the official application can be found online or by calling 0300 330 1350.
Crucially, members of the public should be aware that if they are being asked to pay for their EHICs, they are not on the official EHIC website. EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. When travelling within Europe, travellers should ensure they have both.
“I want to make as many of my constituents as possible aware of these misleading websites before they end up paying for something they do not need. European Health Insurance Cards should be free of charge, and if you are being asked to pay, then you are not on the official website.
If you have been affected by misleading websites, you can report it online through the dedicated web page set up by the Government. This enables you to make a complaint to Google and other search engines in the hope that this can be stopped.”