On 31 December 2005, your E111 ceased to be valid. From 1 January 2006, you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive healthcare that becomes necessary during your visit to an EEA country or Switzerland.
If you have not received your EHIC ring the EHIC Enquiries Line on 0845 605 0707.
If you did not tick the box, you can apply for an EHIC:
Application For European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Would everybody please note that EHIC is NOT valid in Andorra as it is NOT an EU Nation.
We want you to enjoy your holiday, so take a few moments to think about how to stay healthy.
First Aid Travel Kit
It's always a good idea to be prepared when travelling abroad. Consider taking a small bag containing basic first aid items such as:
Medication for an upset stomach
Diarrhoea & Stomach Upsets
Diarrhoea is a problem encountered by many holidaymakers, often resulting from contact with contaminated food or water. It can last between 2 and 4 days, longer if more severe.
If suffering, one of the most important things is to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. Drink bottled water, flat soft drinks and squash diluted with clean water, weak black tea with sugar and soda water. Eat a bland diet such as bread, rice and biscuits.
Keeping Safe in the Sun
It is very important not to underestimate the effects of over-exposure to the sun. Follow a few simple tips:
Travel sickness is considered to be caused by repeated changes in the balance of the inner ear. If you are prone to travel sickness try to eat a light carbohydrate meal before travelling, avoid greasy food and alcohol and take anti-motion sickness remedies before travelling according to the instructions.
There are a number of natural remedies available such as ginger, either in capsules or crystallised ginger, and peppermint including peppermint flavoured sweets. Certain seating areas on ships can help to lessen the effects of travel motion. Try to sit in these areas:
If possible, ensure there is plenty of fresh air around you.