If you are going on holiday or a business trip in the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which allows you to access necessary state-provided health care while visiting or temporarily staying in these countries. Everyone who is insured by Compulsory Health Insurance in Lithuania should have an EHIC and carry it with them when travelling abroad.
Remember to check your EHIC is still valid before you travel.
Presenting the EHIC to health care providers entitles you to treatment that may become necessary during your trip, but does not allow you to go abroad specifically to receive medical care. However, maternity care, renal dialysis and managing the symptoms of pre-existing or chronic conditions that arise while abroad are all covered by the EHIC.
Necessary health care is provided according to the legislation of the country of location. That means that your EHIC will allow you access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting. It is important to mention that necessary health care is not free of charge – the patient’s co-payment should be paid according to the tariffs of the country of location. The patient’s co-payment is not reimbursed later by the Lithuanian National Health Insurance Fund.
It should be noted that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as mountain rescue in ski resorts or repatriation to Lithuania. For these reasons it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.
Applying for an EHIC is easy. Even if you don't have any plans to travel in the near future, it is always a good idea to get one.
Please apply to your nearest Territorial Health Insurance Fund for the EHIC. The application form is provided on the website of the National Health Insurance Fund http://www.vlk.lt and in the Customer Services Department of the Territorial Health Insurance Funds. The Territorial Health Insurance Fund issues the EHIC within 14 days.