- You are an EU (European Union) national
(Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Slovakia and Sweden): before you set out request your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It covers you for medical care in France by the French Social Security services at the same cost as for French nationals. Note that this European Health Insurance Card replaces the former E111 form.
Centre des liaisons européennes et internationales de sécurité sociale (CLEISS)
11, rue de la tour des Dames
75436 Paris cedex 09
Telephone : 01 45 26 33 41
Fax : 01 49 95 06 50
- You are a national of a country OUTSIDE the European Union :
Make inquiries with your health insurer in your own country. Do not forget to keep all receipts (doctors’ bills, medical prescriptions) which might enable you to be reimbursed once you are back from France. You should also check whether insurance can be offered by your travel agent or credit card provider. For instance some agencies offer free repatriation packages.
It is always advisable to travel with your health documents close to hand, for instance in your wallet, in particular a card stating your blood group. As with other administrative documents (visa, insurance), we recommend you make several photocopies of the most important ones.
It would, for instance, be a good idea to keep one set of copies with you and another set back home in your country of residence (someone can consult them for you if you lose your own copies in France).