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EHIC Health Card Could be Retained After Brexit - ABTA

Brexit does not necessarily mean that UK passport holders have to lose the EHIC health treatment card - according to ABTA.

The travel organisation was responding to a statement by Brexit Minister David Davies at the Brexit Select Committee replying to a question from Hilary Benn, MP, who asked: "Can you confirm that UK citizens would no longer have access to the EHIC health treatment card?"

David Davis replied: "I think that’s probably right, I haven’t looked at that one."

However, Alan Wardle, ABTA Director of Public Affairs commented: “ABTA disagrees with David Davis that UK citizens will have to lose the EHIC health treatment card. Brexit shouldn’t have to mean that we lose reciprocal medical care rights with other European countries: the EHIC card is currently valid in Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU.

"It is an important consumer protection for British citizens, used over 200,000 times last year, and the government should seek to protect it in the upcoming negotiations. Maintaining  consumer confidence on issues like this will be important over the next couple of years.”

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