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Bulgaria and the EHIC

If you are travelling to Bulgaria or another country within Europe for a holiday, it is a must that you have the cover of the European Health Insurance Card or the EHIC in the event of a medical emergency.

The EHIC will provide you with the peace of mind if you need medical treatment whilst abroad. The card will allow you cover for accidents, chronic conditions, maternity care and existing complaints that may need urgent treatment.

In the event of seeking medical care whilst travelling, it is likely you will be given the option of private or state care, so ensure you present the card to seek state care to avoid any unnecessary high private costs. The card permits you the same care as of a local of the country you are visiting. While it is worth noting that there may be some extra costs that may not be covered by the card depending on the individual country. It is worth keeping receipts and necessary papers as you may be able to claim back the extra cost when you return home.

Applying for an EHIC is free and is valid for 5 years, although it should be noted that it is not an alternative to travel insurance, and does not cover private medical care, emergencies such as rescues, stolen property or flight related problems.

Other countries in the system are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Switzerland is also included.