Thursday, September 24, 2009

EHIC cards

In an earlier post, I reported the changes in the system for obtaining EHIC cards. These changes don’t just affect Spain – this is a Europe wide change to legislation that affects anyone in receipt of a pension.

My understanding, at the time I wrote that post, was that any new cards issued would run out by the end of February.

Pam and I went yesterday to the INSS in Orihuela for our new EHIC cards expecting them to expire in February. In fact, our new cards are valid until 30th April 2010.

So, it seems that replacement cards last for six months which makes sense because it would be impossible for the Department of Works and Pensions to issue new cards to all the ex-pats in March.

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