EU citizens are entitled to healthcare in other EU countries.
To get a medical card you must submit a completed medical card application form and an E-form.
An E-form is issued in your country and confirms that you are part of a health insurance scheme in another state in the EEA or Switzerland. The HSE will also fill in parts of the E-form.
You may qualify for a medical card if your country confirms that you are entitled to healthcare here. If so, you will not need to provide us with a financial assessment. But if you are working here, you may not qualify for a medical card under EU legislation. You may still qualify for an Irish means-tested medical card.
Insurance from another country
If you are insured You are entitled to healthcare under EU legislation if you are insured in:
- any EU member state
- any EEA member state
If you live here and are employed somewhere within the EU and return here at least once a week, you are entitled to a medical card.
You will need to complete a E106 form. Your dependants are also entitled to a medical card.
Posted workers are employed in one member state and sent by their employer to work in another member state.
If you are a posted workers working in Ireland, you are entitled to a medical card if you provide an E106 form from your country.
Any dependants you have are also entitled to a medical card, if they are not working here.
Where to send the form
You can email or post the form.
Email the completed form to:
Make sure you also send scans or photos of all supporting documentation.
Post the completed form to:
National Medical Card Unit,
PO Box 11745, Dublin 11
Make sure you include copies of all supporting documentation.