Post Brexit EHIC now available for people with s1s

I have just applied and got an email back to say my S1 is not registered which is strange as have an S1 and am registered with CPAM!

Has there been a change of address or name since the S1 was issued? Probably best to give them a call.

@Sandra_Eales We’ve just had exactly the same email and I’ve just been in touch with Newcastle helpline. Although Newcastle issues the S1 it has to be REGISTERED by your local CPAM, who get in touch with Newcastle to confirm. Until that’s done, your S1 is “invisible” to Newcastle. Crazy I know, since they issue it in the first place.

You need to get in touch with your local CPAM - have you given / sent them your S1? If not, they need it. If they already have it, you need to chivvy them to let Newcastle know they’ve got it.

Through all of this, it is very easy to begin to lose the will to live! :rofl:

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Hi Sue,

I got the same response from Newcastle.

I gave CPAM the S1 in 2018 when we moved to France and applied for our CV’s. My husband has had no problem! Have just sent an email to CPAM so will wait and see.

@Sandra_Eales Good luck!

Thanks for that. It was a very quick and easy process. As long as the promised EHIC arrives!!

When I asked for my S1 I was told that the French would issue an EHIC-E card for travel in other European countries.
I haven’t made the journey to the CPAM Office to register the S1 as our existing EHIC and travel insurance should cover us as we only arrived in October. I will make the journey after lock-down and before NYE.
Regarding health care in the UK, I was told that NHS treatment is residence based, not citizensip based so ex-pat residents wouldn’t be covered although holders of an S1 would be. All very confusing but probably worth carrying a copy of the S1 just in case - the new US owners may not be so generous about charging after New Year!
If a French resident ex-pat is insured within the French system wouldn’t that mean the French system issues the EHIC?

You were told wrong. Once your S1 is registered here you then ask the DWP for an EHIC as they are your competent authority. And as you can see from this post they have already sorted out a post Brexit version for those of us now in Europe. And yes your S1 allows you to retain free NHS care when you visit the UK.

Personally I would sort out registering your S1 now. If you are now resident in France neither your current EHIC or travel insurance will be valid as they were taken out on the basis of you being a UK resident. One hopes neither will actually be needed, but if they are you could end up with a nasty surprise.

Most CPAMs no longer have a walk-in service where you can turn up and be seen. Real F2F appointments are also rare. A lot is now done by telephone, online and by post. I would phone them up next week and ask how to go about registering your S1.

(Edit: add scan and take copies of your S1 before you do anything else! )

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The new US owners? Have I missed something? Owners of what ?

That comment was a bit tongue in cheek but do you not feel that the NHS has been set up as an “Oven Ready” deal for the US Health Corporations to “get access to” under any trade deal with the USA? It appears that the European Reform Group who run the UK government are desperate for a Trade Deal to save face.


Just received my new EHIC. Looking forward to the day when we’ll be travelling again. :grin:


How long did it take Sue?

Site opened at beginning of November

Sorry, I meant from applying to receiving carte?

They only became available in November

As Jane said Lily. I applied the day the site opened in November.

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I applied on the 10th November… so it shouldn’t be long now…

Is that from the uk because of being an S1 holder. Are we a special category as EHIC are generally not available to uk mainland!

As far as I am aware this was covered in the Withdrawal Agreement. Anyone in receipt of a form S1 before the end of the transition period can apply for the new EHIC-E card from the UK. As can anyone living legally in an EU country before the transition period ends receive the new EHIC-E if they are entitled to a form S1, which more commonly is when they finally claim their UK State Pension.

When I phoned Newcastle I was told they had to have ‘signed off’ my S1 to the French system before I could appy for the new EHIC but as soon as the S1 had been processed, I would definitely get one.

I was lucky then. I turned up at CPAM St Lo with no RV. I was asked if I had one booked. As the answer was ‘no’ I was offered one - '“How about tomorrow at 11:00?”

So my S1 went into the system and I wait …

Meantime, I need to get another batch of my 'scrips. With S1 and all pending, how is this done?