The Department of Health has warned that millions of European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are soon to expire, thereby invalidating some holidaymakers' travel insurance.
1.5 million cards will expire by the end of this month, with a further 1.5 million set to expire by March.
The EHIC was introduced three years ago to replace the E111 and covers the holder for medical treatment within the European Economic Area (EEA). Some travel insurance policies are invalid without an EHIC.
Many Britons are putting themselves at unnecessary risk by not checking their EHIC expiry date. If you are travelling in Europe it is vital that you carry an EHIC, as well as having comprehensive travel insurance.
28 million Britons currently have an EHIC card and recent research reveals that more than 50 per cent are unaware that the card has an expiry date.
To renew a card or obtain a new one:
Travel insurance: News update: October 2008