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Holidaymakers urged to carry valid EHIC and travel insurance

28 April 2009 10:43

Holidaymakers urged to carry valid EHIC and travel insurance

More than three million people are at risk of travelling abroad with an out-of-date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), highlighting the importance of holiday insurance.

That is according to the Department of Health, which advised holidaymakers that the EHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance.

It did not however, that some travel insurance policies are invalid without an EHIC, warning that cards belonging to 3.3 million people will have expired since September 2008 by the end of March.

Urging travellers to check the expiration date on their EHIC, which replaced the E111 form in 2005, health minister Dawn Primarolo warned that people holidaying without adequate cover are putting "themselves at risk".

She said: "It is vital that UK residents holidaying in Europe carry their EHIC and take out adequate travel insurance to avoid having to pay out unnecessarily for medical costs."

Yesterday (March 19th), the government department warned holidaymakers visiting the Channel Islands that they will no longer receive free medical treatments from April 1st. ADNFCR-1320-ID-19084746-ADNFCR