Know your rights April 2019

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Know Your Rights 

B: European Health Insurance Card

April 2019

Question

I’ve just booked my summer holidays for this year and plan to travel around Europe with my partner and my 10-year old son.   How do I make sure we have access to public healthcare while travelling?

Answer

Each member of your family will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  This card allows you to access public healthcare service in another EU or European Economic Area (EEA) state for free, or at a reduced cost. (The EHIC was formerly known as the E111 form).

All member states of the EU are covered by the card, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The EHIC card is free of charge and you can make an application for yourself, your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16.  You have two options to apply:

  • If you already have a medical card or Drugs Payment Scheme card, you can apply online for your EHIC at ie.
  • Or, you can download an application form from ehic.ie or get one from your Local Health Office. You need to provide your name, address, date of birth and Personal Public Service Number (PPSN).

If your EHIC has expired you can renew it online at ehic.ie. You will need your old EHIC number and your Personal Public Service (PPS) number. If your details have changed (for example, your address) you will need to contact your Local Health Office to renew the card.

If you have concerns about getting a new or renewed card in time, you can get a Temporary Replacement Certificate, either online or from your Local Health Office. You may also wish to consider taking out private travel insurance for expenses not covered by the EHIC (such as the costs of repatriation or the expenses of relatives who travel to you if you fall ill abroad).

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Service below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Bray Information Centre, Unit 2 The Boulevard, Quinsboro Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow which provides a free and confidential service to the public. See www.citizensinformation.ie for details of your local centre or phone our main office in Bray on 0761 07 6780

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.

 

 

Know Your Rights

A: Authenticating documents

April 2019

Question

We are a family planning to move from Ireland to live in Italy. Will Italian authorities accept our Irish birth certificates?

Answer

When you are abroad, you may need to use Irish documents, for example, a birth certificate, either for personal or business reasons. Governments and organisations sometimes require that public documents issued in other countries be authenticated or apostilled and translated before they can be accepted. Authenticating a document means verifying that a signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine. An apostille stamp is an international certification.

Since 16 February 2019, EU citizens moving to another EU country no longer need to get an apostille stamp to prove that their public documents are authentic. This means that public documents such as birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates issued in Ireland by the General Register Office (GRO) and the Certificate of Freedom to Marry issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are accepted by authorities in other EU member states as authentic.

The EU Regulation also removes the obligation for citizens to provide a translation of their public document. If the public document is not in one of the official languages of the EU country requesting the document, citizens can ask for a Multilingual Standard Form, available in all EU languages, from the authorities of the EU country which issued the public document. Multilingual Standard Forms are now available on request from the GRO for birth, death, marriage, adoption and civil partnership certificates. For more information, visit gro.ie.

 

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Service below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Bray Information Centre, Unit 2 The Boulevard, Quinsboro Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow which provides a free and confidential service to the public. See www.citizensinformation.ie for details of your local centre or phone our main office in Bray on 0761 07 6780

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.

 

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