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Here, you can order a European Health Insurance Card and read about what applies if you need medical or dental care while temporarily abroad.

If you are travelling within the EU/EEA or Switzerland

Order a European Health Insurance Card if you are travelling within the EU/EEA or Switzerland. Order the card in
good time as it can take up to 10 working days to receive it. Children must have their own European Health Insurance
Card. The card is sent to the registered address of you or the child.

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What is the European Health Insurance Card?

The European Health Insurance Card entitles you to medical and dental care while you are in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. The card is free of charge. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) only covers medical and dental care that

  • cannot wait until you return to Sweden
  • you receive from a care provider connected to the public healthcare system in that country.

Care that cannot wait until you return to Sweden refers not only to emergency care, but also care related to a chronic illness. Such care includes collection of samples and medical checks.

With the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you pay the same amount for medical and dental care as those who live in the country. This is why you pay the patient fee yourself. In some countries, you must first pay the entire care cost yourself and then request compensation from that country's equivalent of Försäkringskassan. In Switzerland and Liechtenstein, you must both have an EHIC and be a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland in order for you to be able to receive care.

The EHIC does not entitle you to compensation for travel home, e.g. on an ambulance plane. It is therefore important that you have private travel insurance. Within the Nordic countries, there is a special agreement that under certain circumstances covers extra expenses for travel home.

If you become acutely sick

If you become acutely sick while abroad but do not have your EHIC with you, you or your care provider can contact us at +46 771-524 524 or kundcenter@forsakringskassan.se for a provisional replacement certificate. You or your care provider must provide your Swedish personal identity number.

Apply for retrospective compensation

You can also choose to pay for the care yourself and apply for compensation from us afterwards. You apply for retrospective compensation on My pages (Mina sidor).

You must also send in the receipts and medical documents to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.

Do I need an EHIC for travel in the Nordic countries?

No, you do not need the European Health Insurance Card for travel within the Nordic countries. To receive the necessary
care, it is sufficient to show an ID and provide your home address in
Sweden.  

If you are travelling outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland

The European Health Insurance Card is not valid outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland. If you are travelling to
countries outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland, it is therefore important for you to have private
insurance. Find out what is included in your home owner's insurance and whether you need
supplemental travel insurance.

However, there are some countries outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland that Sweden has an agreement with.

Algeria

If you are a Swedish or Algerian citizen, live in Sweden and are temporarily
visiting Algeria, you are entitled to emergency medical care within the public healthcare system.
You must be able to present a Swedish passport and a certificate of entitlement to care benefits
in Algeria. Order the certificate before you begin your travels by calling us at 0771-524 524.

If you already paid for medical care and want compensation retroactively,
contact: Caisse Nationale des Assurances Sociale des Travailleurs Salariés
Rooute des Deux Bassins – Ben Aknoun BP 218 EL BIAR 16030 ALGER ALGERIA

Australia

If you live in Sweden and are temporarily visiting Australia, you are entitled to immediate
emergency medical care. Before receiving the medical care, you must inform the care provider that you
want medical care under Medicare, which is the government-subsidised healthcare in
Australia. You must be able to present a Swedish passport or a certificate of entitlement to
medical care in Australia. Order the certificate before you begin your travels by calling us at
0771-524 524. You must pay for the entire medical care costs yourself and then contact Medicare
to receive retroactive compensation:

Medicare Eligibility Section, MDP 106 Australian Government Department of Health
and Ageing, GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA

Medicare (humanservices.gov.au) opens in a new window

Quebec

If you are working or studying in Quebec for less than a year, you are entitled to medical care
through the public healthcare system. You must have a work or
study permit in Quebec and a certificate of entitlement to care benefits in Quebec.
Order the certificate before you begin your travels by calling us at 0771-524 524.

Israel

If you are on a temporary visit to Israel, you are entitled to maternity care. You
must have a certificate of entitlement to maternity care in Israel. Order the certificate before
you begin your travels by calling us at 0771-524 524.

Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

If you live in Sweden and are visiting Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man,
you are entitled to emergency medical care within the public healthcare system. You must present a
Swedish passport or a certificate of entitlement to care benefits. Order the certificate before
you begin your travels by calling us at 0771-524 524.

Turkey

There is a convention between Sweden and Turkey that may entitle you to planned medical treatment. The convention does not apply to necessary health care, which means that you cannot receive retrospective compensation for care costs.

 
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Frequently asked questions

The EU card applies in Belgium, Bulgaria, Cypress, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the UK, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. You do not need the card within the Nordic countries.

The EU card is valid for three years.

Necessary healthcare refers to medical care that cannot wait until you return to Sweden. It is always the doctor or another healthcare professional who decides whether the care is necessary. The assessment depends on what illness you have and how long you will stay in the country.

Yes, provided that it does not negatively impact your rehabilitation or recovery.

If you are travelling within the EU/EEA, you normally do not have to do anything. But, if you are travelling to Switzerland, Turkey or another country outside of the EU, you must apply to keep your sickness benefit during your stay abroad. Apply before you begin your travels by logging in to My pages (Mina sidor) or use the form.

If you are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor), you can send in the form 

Within the Nordic countries, there is a special agreement that under certain circumstances covers extra expenses for travel home. In other countries, you need private insurance to receive compensation for travel home. Find out what is included in your home owner's insurance and whether you need supplementary travel insurance.

Yes, you can receive a special pensioner's certificate from Försäkringskassan. This enables you to purchase medicine at a reduced price in connection with necessary healthcare. Order the certificate from Försäkringskassan by calling 0771-524 524 or e-mailing kundcenter@forsakringskassan.se.

When Försäkringskassan assesses an application in relation to Swedish regulations, we contact your local county council to find out whether the care would have been covered by the public insurance and what equivalent care would have cost in Sweden.

When Försäkringskassan assesses your application according to the regulations of the country of care, we send a request to the insurance body in the country of care. We do this to find out whether you receive care from a care provider connected to the public healthcare system, and whether you paid more than the applicable patient fee. Once we receive the necessary information from the county council or the country of care, we can make a decision.

When Försäkringskassan assesses the application according to the Swedish regulations, you cannot receive more than what the care would have cost in Sweden or what you paid for the care. If you choose for Försäkringskassan to assess your application according to the regulations of the country of care, it is their regulations that apply.

If you received care in Switzerland, your application can only be assessed according to Swiss regulations. This is because Switzerland is not a member of the EEA.

Yes, you can receive compensation for the medicine if it was obtained through a prescription and is approved for sale in Sweden.

You can only receive compensation for costs of medicines that are covered by high-cost protection. You can only receive compensation if you purchased medicine for at least SEK 1,100 over the course of one year. To enable Försäkringskassan to be able to calculate your compensation for medicines, you must send in a register transcript from the Apoteket pharmacy.

More information on how to request a register transcript can be found at eHälsomyndigheten (ehalsomyndigheten.se) opens in a new window.