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The European Health Insurance Card

Citizens of the European Union Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland who travel within EU and EEA should have a European Health Insurance Card. The card ensures that holders get the same access to the public sector health care as nationals of the country they are visiting. 

AS OF AUGUST 2014 THE REGULAR DANISH HEALTH CARD IS NO LONGER VALID FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE.

You can find an introduction to the rules concerning European Health Insurance Cards. Please note that third country citizens are not covered by the European Health Insurance Card in Denmark.

Who can obtain the European Health Insurance Card in Denmark?

In Denmark, European Health Insurance Cards are only issued to citizens from the European Union Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, who are legally residing in Denmark.

When do you need a European Health Insurance Card?

It is always advisable for EU and EEA citizens to have a European Health Insurance Card when travelling within the EU and EEA. However, you are required to have a European Health Insurance Card with you when travelling in EU/EEA countries if you:

  • Are going on holiday for up to a year
  • Are doing an internship or going to work abroad as an au-pair
  • Are studying at university in another EU/EEA country
  • Suffer from a chronic illness
  • ​Are working temporarily abroad for your Danish employer. If temporarily based in another country, you must have an approved E101 form

Postings abroad and the E101 form

E101 is a posting certificate which you are required to have approved if your Danish employer sends you abroad to work temporarily (up to 12 months). An approved E101 obviates the need to join the social security system of the country to which you are sent. Your employer will usually apply for an E101 form for you. In Denmark E101 forms are issued by Sikringsstyrelsen.

Read more here.

What does the European Health Insurance Card cover?

The European Health Insurance Card gives you access to the same public sector health care as nationals of the country you are visiting during your temporary stay abroad.

What does the card not cover?

How can I obtain a European Health Insurance Card in Denmark?

European Health Insurance Cards are issued by municipal Citizens´ Services offices. A number of municipalities (including Aarhus) enable you to order a card online.

Read more how to apply for a card here.

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