You can order the European Health Insurance Card at the contact point’s stand at the Matka Nordic Travel Fair again


The Contact Point for Cross-Border Healthcare and Kela will be at in the Nordic Travel Fair 2019 on 17–20 January 2019 at stand 6p60. As before, you can come to our stand to order a European Health Insurance Card, ask experts about international medical care and learn more about the service. You can try the Europe-themed dice-throwing game to test your knowledge of European countries and a raffle about how treatment sought abroad is reimbursed.

Win tickets for the travel fair!

The week before the fair, you can win tickets for two for the fair at the Contact Point’s Facebook page. The ticket sets will be raffled off on 15 January 2019.

The European Health Insurance Card helps get treatment if you fall ill during a trip abroad

You should bring the European Health Insurance Card with you when you travel, because otherwise an unexpected illness during a trip abroad can get expensive. With the card, you can obtain medically necessary treatment in public health care when travelling in EU or EEA countries or in Switzerland. With the card, you can also get treatment if a chronic disease requires urgent treatment or if you need treatment due to pregnancy or childbirth. With the European Health Insurance Card, you will receive treatment for the same price as local residents.

At the Matka Nordic Travel Fair 2019, you can order the free-of-charge card at our fair stand. You can also order the card through Kela’s e-services or by phone on Kela’s customer service number.

Interest in medical care abroad

The Contact Point for Cross-Border Healthcare provides information about using health services abroad and in Finland. The Contact Point gives advice about various international situations, such as how to seek treatment abroad, the rights of patients or how treatment is reimbursed. There is a contact point for cross-border health care in every EU country. In Finland, the Contact Point serves through the and by e-mail.

“The website is intended as help for everyone who needs treatment outside Finnish borders for whatever reason,” says planner Pia Blomqvist from the Contact Point for Cross-Border Healthcare. “It is a good idea to check our website to see what you should consider when going on a trip or moving abroad. Useful information for travellers is provided in the descriptions of the health care systems of over 50 countries.

The Contact Point’s experts will also answer questions about cross-border health care at the Matka Nordic Travel Fair. You can follow updates from the fair in the social media at hashtags #matka2019 and #hoitopaikanvalinta.