Martin Lewis on things to remember before travelling out of Brexit Britain. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis on things to remember before travelling out of Brexit Britain. Martin Lewis, founder of moneysavingexpert.comIt’s cold. So no surprise January and February are the busiest beach-booking months of the year, as millions turn their attention to a lovely foreign holiday. With Brexit around the corner, if you’ve booked a trip to Europe, there’s some crucial checks you need to make. 1. Check your passport is valid Currently you can travel to any EU country as long as you have a UK passport that is still valid on the day you return. Yet if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, that is set to change. Then most EU countries, including Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Germany, will require you to have at least six months left on your passport and you can’t … [Read more...] about MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis on travelling out of Brexit Britain
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Q. I have received reminders to renew my EHIC 111. Will there still be a reciprocal right to treatment whilst in other European countries if Brexit ever gets completed? Is it worth my while to pay to renew? If the arrangement would remain as is for a short period only would EHIC card holders be entitled to a refund?A. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the old E111 forms in 2005. At the minute, if we fall sick or get injured while visiting the EU, then we can access the same free or discounted medical care that is available to residents of that country. The EHIC proves your eligibility.The first point that needs making is that European Health Insurance Cards are completely free. Nobody should be paying a penny. There's probably a number of firms out there that will provide the service for a fee, but the card itself does not cost anything. It's really straightforward to apply for an EHIC - simply visit www.ehic.org.uk and fill in the required details. Read more: … [Read more...] about Should I renew my EHIC card or will Brexit make it invalid?
From residence permits to health insurance cards, we look at the documents that every foreigner in Switzerland must be aware of. Health insurance card All residents of Switzerland must take out private health insurance from one of 60 government approved-providers within three months of arriving in the country. Basic insurance covers a wide range of services. Your insurance provider will provide you with a micro-chipped card containing your policy number, your old age insurance system number (see below), your date of birth and an expiry date. Carry this whenever you have a medical appointment and when you travel overseas. For more information on the Swiss compulsory health insurance system, see the Federal Office of Public Health website here. Residence/work permit This document is probably the single most important one on our list here. If you are a resident of Switzerland, you will need to have one of these permits. The sort of permit you have, what it entitles you to, and … [Read more...] about Swiss bureaucracy: 7 essential documents you need to know about
BRITS just want to have sun, this much we know. But how much will leaving the EU really have an impact on our much-loved European holidays after we go? It all depends on whether Britain is able to seal a withdrawal deal with the bloc in the next few weeks. If we can, then things should stay almost exactly the same after we officially leave next March - as we will enter a 21-month transition period. And after that the real hard work begins on a trade deal and a series of new agreements. But if there's No Deal, then things could get tricky. Ministers are still working on getting a crucial agreement signed soon, but they could have to implement emergency plans in just days time. What should you know about getting ready for your holidays? Passports As part of plans to get ready for No Deal, it was recommended that Brits with less than a year left on their passport get theirs renewed sooner rather than later. Ministers said British people will need to have a passport which is … [Read more...] about How might Brexit affect my European holiday? Everything you need to know
France is highly regarded as having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, so if you’re planning to move over in your golden years, that’s certainly an added bonus. Gaining access to this coveted medical network is a necessity if you’re making France your new home, and one that requires adding a few steps to your retirement plan. When you first arrive in France: If you’re a retiree from another European Union country (EEA+Switzerland) you may already have an EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) that will cover you initially while you’re scouting for a place to live in France. If you’re not familiar with the EHIC scheme know that it basically ensures that anyone covered by an EU country’s social security scheme can receive medical treatment in another member state free or at a reduced cost. It’s meant mainly for emergencies but does cover pre-existing conditions too (here's how to apply if you're British). READ … [Read more...] about Healthcare: What you need to know if you’re going to retire in France