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Soccer fans should apply now to get free European Health Insurance Card before travelling to Euro ’16 – Hayes

MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, today reminded Irish soccer fans to get their FREE European Health Insurance Card in time to support the boys in green in France this summer. Mr. Hayes made the call with just 7 weeks to Ireland’s opening group match with Sweden. He asked traveling fans to apply now to make sure they get their card in time.


“We have never qualified for a European Championship so close to home before. Our team will be one of the best supported in France this summer because of the many direct ferry and flight connections. With thousands of fans planning to travel, it’s possible that some accidents and emergencies will happen. Medical treatment can be very expensive abroad. That’s why I’m asking traveling fans to get their free European Health Insurance Cards now. It’s their entitlement under EU law.”

“As an Irish residents we are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in France if we become ill or injured while on a temporary stay. But you must have a European Health Insurance Card or EHIC (formerly known as the E111) to access health care services. One card is needed for each individual or member of the family and it’s free to apply and receive the card. If fans have an accident or become ill all they have to do is go to the nearest public system doctor, public hospital, or other public treatment centre and present the card.

 “It couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do to get your card is fill in your name, address, date of birth and PPS online on a HSE website ( Once you have these basic details your card will be posted out to you free of charge. If you have a smartphone you can also download the free EHIC App, to help you contact health services in France should fans need them.”

 “As fans get ready to travel to France to support the boys in green, now is the time to apply for the free European Health Insurance Card. A few minutes online can save a lot of money, if fans have an accident or become ill in France.”

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