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Degree students registered as attending students in Finnish higher education institutions will have to provide a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when accessing FSHS services if their healthcare costs are covered by Switzerland or an EU or EEA country other than Finland. Students from Britain or Northern Ireland may provide a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

Students must obtain a valid EHIC card before arriving to Finland and will have to provide it every time they use FSHS services. Students will have to provide their card information to the FSHS before their appointment, whether remote or in person.

If a student fails to bring their card or a provisional replacement certificate to an appointment

  1. The student will have to submit documentation of the card or the certificate to the FSHS afterwards. They will also have to submit proof that their card was valid at the time of the appointment.
  2. Students living in one of the Nordic countries may temporarily use their passport or identity card as proof of state-provided health insurance. They will also have to provide their address in their country of residence.

The EHIC card must also be presented to Kela

Students who have social security coverage from another EU or EEA country, from Switzerland or from Great Britain and Northern Ireland don’t have to pay the annual student healthcare fee collected from Finnish students. These students must provide a copy of a valid European Health Insurance Card to Kela to prove their exemption from the fee. Students who have social security coverage in Great Britain or Northern Ireland can send a copy of either a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). For more detailed instructions, see Kela’s website.

Read more about the student healthcare fee collected by Kela

More information:

Students from other EU or EEA countries must provide a European Health Insurance Card starting 1.1.2023 – FSHS (yths.fi)

European Health Insurance Card | Our Services | Kela

FAQs|Health cover for temporary stays in another EU country – Your Europe (europa.eu)

European Health Insurance Card – Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion – European Commission (europa.eu)

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
The Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).
The Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).
The GHIC card of Northern Ireland.
The GHIC card of Northern Ireland.