Tag Archives: Holiday

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Are you heading off to another EU country on holiday soon?  Then remember to pack your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) along with your passport.  This gives access to state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The card entitles you to state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as citizens of that country.  In some cases treatment may be free.  The card covers both pre-existing medical conditions as well as emergency care.  Do remember though the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance as it does not cover private healthcare or return flights if you have to come home early for health reasons.

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.

UK citizens can apply for the card for free by going here.  Avoid any site that asks for a fee.

The EU and the UK have provisionally agreed that UK citizens and EU citizens in the UK will be able to use the EHIC after Brexit but this provisional agreement will only apply if the final withdrawl agreement is ratified.



Package travel: better protection for holidaymakers

Going on holiday soon?  Did you know that from the 1st of July holidaymakers benefit from additional rights and better protection under updated EU package travel rules when booking travel packages where you choose different elements – such as flight, hotel, car hire – from a single point of sale online or offline. The new rules also cover linked travel arrangements when you book travel services at one point of sale, but using separate booking processes, or, book one travel service on one website, then another service that you are invited to book on a different website.

To find out more about these, and other additions rights contained in the new law, have a look at the factsheet or watch the video below.

Under the terms of the proposed transition period after the UK leaves the EU at the end of March 2019, this Directive will be applicable in the UK until the end of 2020. It’s continued application after that will depend on the outcome of negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship and/or UK policy.


Travelling with a pet in Europe

Travelling with a pet in the EU is easy, as the EuroparlTV video below illustrates. Following the dramatic advances made in the fight against rabies and the adoption of harmonised rules on travelling with animals your pet can enjoy freedom of movement too!  Your pet just needs an EU pet passport, a microchip for identification and to have been vaccinated against rabies. Happy travels!



GoingAbroad: new road safety app for the European Union

Road trippin in Europe
© Image Copyright cgc76 and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Planning to hire a bike or car on holiday this year? Want to know more about road travel in your destination? Then it might be worth having a look at the free GoingAbroad road safety app from the European Commission. This app enables you to look up all sorts of road safety information, specific to 31 different European countries, such as the rules regarding:

  • Seat belts
  • Traffic lights
  • Alcohol limits
  • Influence of drugs
  • Mobile phones
  • …and more

You can also easily compare regulations between different countries and even play a couple of road safety themed educational games.

Have a look at the app in detail here:

There is also loads of information on road safety available through the Europa site.

As always If you’re looking for EU related information, whether or not you’re affiliated with the University, do get in touch with us!

Travelling in Europe 2015-16

Travel europe
Cover detail from Travelling in Europe 2015-16. © European Union, 2005-2015.

Going on holiday soon? This handy leaflet from the EU Bookshop has lots of useful information and tips for those planning a trip in Europe. Topic covered include driving, taking your pet, using your mobile phone and accessing healthcare. Free PDFs are available in over 20 different European languages.

Update: We have some physical copies of the leaflet in the EDC office so if you’re in the vicinity of Taylor Library, pop up and pick one up!