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Holiday warning from Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert for Britons traveling abroad this half term

MARTIN money saving expert Lewis has issued a holiday warning to Britons heading abroad for half of this term.

Many families may not realize that their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) has expired during Covid.

Britons are being urged to check their EHIC and GHICS as they may have expired during the lockdown.

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Britons are being urged to check their EHIC and GHICS as they may have expired during the lockdown.Credit: UCL

The cards, which entitle holders to free healthcare depending on what locals are offered in any EU country, are free for Britons.

For example, any free healthcare to which Spanish nationals are entitled, would be granted to Britons with a card.

However, the card was changed from EHIC to GHIC (Universal Health Coverage Card) since Brexit.

While it’s still free, the site has warned travelers to check if theirs is still available for the day before traveling.

“It read: ‘Going to the EU? Make sure you have a valid GHIC or EHIC – millions will expire this year.

“If you plan to travel to the EU, these cards give you access to state-run hospitals or GPs at prices comparable to locals. So if it’s free for them, it’s free for you, too.

“If you have used your old European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), check to see if it is still valid.

“If you don’t have one, since Brexit it has been replaced by the Universal Health Coverage Card (GHIC).”

Britons should also never pay for cards, even though some websites claim they charge a fee – they’re always free through the NHS.

The site adds: “Never pay for either card (even if they promise fast – it’s a scam).”

And while it enjoys some free healthcare, holidaymakers will still need travel insurance, especially when traveling during Covid restrictions.

New UK travel rules are in place as of today, which ischildren aged 12 to 16 accessing the NHS Covid app to show proof of vaccination while traveling abroad.

And from February 11, all Covid tests for vaccinated holidaymakers will be removed.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has previously said that arrivals will only need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form upon entry into the UK, provided they already have both points.

Unvaccinated Britons will have to take pre-departure tests and post-arrival PCR tests, but will no longer need to be isolated or have another test on day eight.

Travelers will still have to check travel regulations for other countries, many of which have restrictions on arrivals.

Spain introduced new rules this week which mean everyone who arrives over 12 years old must be vaccinated, with proof of reinstatement no longer accepted.

GHIC offers a number of free healthcare services to Britons, depending on the country they live in.

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GHIC offers a number of free healthcare services to Britons, depending on the country they live in.Credit: Alamy

https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8307138/martin-lewis-money-saving-expert-holiday-warning-ghic/ Holiday warning from Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert for Britons traveling abroad this half term

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