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Our aim is to provide you with real content – information and advice (where appropriate) on every page rather than pages low on content and mostly populated with images.   This we hope should give you some understanding of the city’s history which are the foundations of life there today and the range of things it offers and you might like to  do whilst there.  It will also help you avoid situations you may not be comfortable with such as visiting badly run zoos where animal welfare is non existent and the animals ‘survive’ n appalling  conditions and  are abused. 

Travelling to other countries is not just fun – it shows you how other people actually live.  Being there often dispels the myths mysteries and prejudices about the society that at the outset of your trip you may have.  Euromost hopes that it can help you discover these things so you appreciate, respect others peoples cultures and their way of life. When you return home  you might adopt some of these things to enhance your life. At the same time if you have when witnessed things like poverty you might appreciate a little more what you have.   

The site also gives information on air rail road & sea travel in Europe.

European City Guides – Europe City Guides:

Currently these guides cover 40 cities in Europe. These guides provide detailed airport and public transport guides for the city and a national country profile page. A sample of general site information is given further down the page. There are city guides for AmsterdamAuschwitz Birkenau Memorial Guide, Barcelona,  (Beijing City Guide) Belgrade ,  Berlin,   Bratislava,  Bucharest,  Budapest,    Chisinau,  Copenhagen,  Dubrovnik, Erfurt, Gdansk, Helsinki Kiev, Krakow, Leipzig, Ljubljana, Minsk, MoscowOsloParisPrague, Reykjavik, RigaRome, St Petersburg, Salzburg , Sarajevo, SkopjeSofia, Srebenica Memorial Guide,  Stockholm, Tallinn, TiranaVatican CityVienna Guide, Vilnius, Warsaw, Zagreb. . 

There Are European Country Profiles For:

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Rep. Denmark,  Estonia,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Holland, Hungary,  Iceland,  Italy,  Kosovo,  Latvia,  LithuaniaNetherlands,  North Macedonia,   Poland   Romania,   Russia,    Serbia   Slovakia,   Slovenia,,  Sweden,   Ukraine    

Important Note: Some city guides and country profiles include links or the urls of other good travel information sites . However visitors should note that issues such as terrorism crime,  personal safety and tourists traps  and not addressed by promotional sites such as accommodation or tourist board sites.  As most cities have these issues we post this information uncensored! We welcome contributions from visitors  on ant of these issues.  Please see contact us  above. A sample of general site information is given below.

European News Items – Europe Travel Information

On the page – Greece Leans To The Right – British Airways Fined For Data Protection Breach –  Ghost Trial For Accused Of Shooting Down Ukraine Plane – Confidence In Boeing Falls As Wing Problems in New Planes Are Identified – Tourist Buses To Be Banned From The Centre Of Paris – Europe Weather Forecasts

British Airways Pilots Might  Strike In August

The largest pilots union BALPA which represents 90% of  Btitish Airways Pilots has voted to strike during the peak holiday period this summer.  98% of the unions pilots voted in the ballot with according to Balpa over 90% of the pilots voting for strike action. 

The vote follows pay negotiations between the airline and the pilots union which which broke down when the pilots were offered a 11.5% over three years. The union described the offer as unacceptable given the profits that the airline was making. which last saw its profits rise by over 8% to £1.86bn last year.  The vote to strike follows several days of  unsuccessful negotiations to resolve the dispute by the conciliation service Acas. 

A spokesperson for the union said “We currently do not have dates for any potential strike action and will issue an update on this in due course. We remain hopeful that this dispute can be resolved before strike action, but we remain committed to action if necessary,.” 

British Airways are to ask the High Court to issue an injunction to stop the strike action  which at present would not start before August 6th. A spokesperson for BA said the airline ” remained open to working with the union to reach an agreement and continued to “pursue every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action”.

Security Threat Grounds Every BA Flight To Cairo

British Airways announced on Saturday that it has cancelled all  the airlines flights to Cairo  the Egyptian capital Cairo for the next as a security “precaution”. The announcement was made as BA passengers at Heathrow who after been given boarding passes were told their flight was cancelled and that they airline was unable to provide alternative travel arrangements in the coming week.   The airline has not specified what the security threat was. 

In a statement British Airways said “We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world, and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment.  The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.”

The airport at Cairo remains open with most international flights operating normally and no advice not to travel to Egypt via Cairo Airport has been issued by British German or other countries.

Europe Weather: Heat Returns And Is Set To Stay 

The weather across most of Europe until 27th July IS is expected to remain dry sunny and hot.  Parts of Spain and Southern and Central France could be come very hot with temperatures around 40 -43c.  Elsewhere on the European mainland temperatures are likely to be between 30c and 34c.  However parts of eastern Europe may have temperatures between 25c- 30c. 

The exceptions to these very high temperatures are likely to be in  Southern Scandinavia will become warmer with the chance of showers and temperatures in the mid 20s.  Northern Scandinavia and NW Russia will be changeable with showers this weekend with temperatures in the low 20s but it will become drier and a little warmer at least for the rest of this week.  

Greek Centre-Right Party Wins Snap Election

New Democracy a centre-right opposition party has won last weekends election. The election which was called by the socialist  Prime Minister Tsipras, who came to power in 2015 vowing to overturn the EU’s austerity measures which Greece was forced to endure.  His government was unable to significantly ameliorate EU  policies and in May his party suffered heavy defeat in local elections and election to the European Parliament. The electoral turnout was around  57%,  Under the Greek constitution voting is compulsory  but it is not enforced. 

New Democracy were in defeated in 2015  as it was perceived was seen by being an ‘old guard’ which was a servant of corruption . It was also seen as being responsible for not addressing the economic ills faced by Greece during its time in power which led to the EU austerity measures being a condition of subsequent EU bailouts. However the socialist government of Alexis Tsipras was not able to change the conditions of the bailout and under his watch the Greek economy shrank and his party lost significant support with voters aged 18-24 amongst whom unemployment increased markedly.

BA May Be Fined £183m For Data Protection Breach

British Airways has been advised that it is liable for a penalty fine of £183m imposed on them by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following their investigation into BA’s failure to protect the personal data of customers in the summer  last year.   The data protection breach according to BA occurred  to transactions between  August 21st and September 5th 2018 and resulted in the banking and credit card details including the 3 digit security code being accessed by hackers. Customers names and addresses were also revealed. In October last tear BA said the data breach involved 186,000 people.

The full  details of the hacking have not been made made public but the investigation by of the ICO found that the breach began in June 2018 and said the it affected around 500,000 people who’s details  were harvested by the attackers. when BA customers were diverted to a fraudulent website. The ICO have said that British Airways BA had co-operated with their investigation and as a result have made improvements to its security procedures. British Airways have until August 5th to respond to the penalty being sought.

The previous highest penalty imposed on a company for breaching data protection of customers personal details was imposed on Facebook who were fined the maximum possible penalty of £500,00 under the 1998 Data Protection Act.  This proposed BA fine is made under the 2018 GDPR Act which allows for penalties equivalent of  up to 4% of annual turnover provided they do not exceed £20m. If the fine is applied to British Airways it would be equivalent to 1.7% of their most recent annual turnover. 

Ghost Trial For Those Who Shot Down Ukraine Plane 

International prosecutors based in the Netherlands have began st criminal proceedings against four suspects thought to have shot down the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on the Russia-Ukraine border five years ago..  Three of the suspects are Russian nationals and one a pro Russian Ukrainian in the east of thew Ukraine that is under Russian control. 

None of the suspects  are expected to  attend the trial when it begins as Russia which denies involvement in the shooting down of the plane does not extradite citizens charged with offences outside Russia. 

After 2 Crashes Confidence In Boeing Aircraft Falls Again As Wing Problems Are Found In Some 737’s

In March aviation authorities world wide grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 and and Max 9 jet aircraft due to safety concerns about an ant-stalling computer program  in the aircraft .  The program is though to have contributed to two fatal crashes in five months shortly after takeoff in five months.  The first crash last October occured shortly after take-off on a a Lion Air flight Jakarta, Indonesia, killed all 189 people on board. The second on March 10th shortly after take-off an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa,  crashed killing all 157 people on board.  All planes of  the same models are expected to remain grounded until at least August .

At the beginning of June Boring revealed that some of these models and some other 737  models were fitted with non-compliant wing slats.  Wing slats are metal pieces that help lift a plane by moving along a metal track.    In a statement Boring said “Boeing is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and has contacted 737 operators advising them to inspect the slat track assemblies on certain airplanes,”  The statement continued  ‘“One batch of slat tracks with specific lot numbers produced by a supplier was found to have a potential non-onformance. If operators find the parts in question, they are to replace them with new ones before returning the airplane to service.”  Some commentators estimate the wing slat issue  affects just over three hundred planes.

Heathrow To Speed Up Luggage Security Checks

Heathrow Airport is to invest g £50m in computer tomography (CT) security scanners,  over the next few years to check the cabin hand luggage of passengers.  This technology which is similar to hospital CT scanners will provide security staff with a very clear image of  a bag’s contents.    As the images will  visible in 3D staff will be able to rotate them and dissect them.  This technology which is available at some airports in America and Europe will enable passengers to keep liquids and laptops inside their carry-on bags which will speed up security checks. 

Heathrow chief operations officer, Chris Garton, said: “This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology, but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.”  Luton Airport is also to trial the technology.

Cruise Ship Captain Charged And Bailed After 28 Tourists Die in May Danube River Tour Boat Tragedy

A Budapest court has released on bail the Ukrainian cruise ship captain who Hungarian authorities believe was responsible its collision on May 30th  collision with a sightseeing boat on the Danube River in Budapest. The Capital City Court said the captain who was formally arrested on June 7th bail has been fixed at 15 million Hungarian Forints (circa 46,00 euros) cannot leave Budapest and must wear an electronic-tracking device.  He was arrested in Budapest on June 7, suspected of endangering water transport leading to a deadly mass accident. If he is convicted he could be imprisoned for between 2-8 years

Twenty eight Korean tourists and two Hungarian boat crew drowned in the incident when their river tour boat sunk  in the Danube in central Budapest.  The 40 ton boat had been hit by a 1000 ton cruise ship steamer that was overtaking it as the vessels passed under the bridge. The tour boat keeled over and sunk in less than ten  seconds.  Seven  tourists were rescued.  

European Union Election Results Challenge The Monopoly Of The Status Quo

The long-standing monopoly on the economic and political agendas of the European Union by the centralist socialist and conservative parties in the 751 seat European Parliament has ended until 2024 at least. Reduced support for both of these parties in the elections fell markedly.  The centre -right conservative group (EPP) seats fell from 222 to 180 socialists and democrats group (S&D) seats down from 184 to 140.   This means that together they can no longer manipulate the agendas of the parliament without the cooperation of smaller parties such as the liberals and the greens. The liberals (ALDE) increased their representation from 57 seats to 109 and the greens (EFA) rose from 50 – 69. 

UK Brexit Crisis Deepens As Theresa May Announces ‘A Long Goodbye’

After three failed attempts by Theresa May to have her agreement with the European Union Commission for the UK exit from the EU ratified by the UK Parliament the British Premier has announced she will resign as leader of the county’s ruling Conservative Party on June 7th.  She will remain as the UK Prime minster until around the end of July whilst her party hold elections to elect a new leader and prime minster. 

The new premier will then have until October 31st to get the deal accepted  by the UK parliament or renegotiated  on terms acceptable to them and the EU.  If as many commentators predict neither outcome is not achieved the UK can apply for a further extension to the deadline for the negotiations  to continue or for the UK withdrawal to be represented to the British electorate a second referendum or general election.   If a further extension is not requested or agreed the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union immediately, This will mean the present privileged UK economic relationship with the EU will end and in future be governed by the rules of the World Trade Organisation. 

A ‘no deal’ exit will restrict the present rights of EU nationals to work and live in the in the UK and similarly the rights of UK nationals to work and live in EU member states.  The rights of tourists from the UK to EU and vice a versa are likely to be reduced with the imposition of restrictions on visa free travel, length of stay and custom arrangements.   Landing rights for British Airlines may become more restricted along with less consumer rights for passengers. The future of other travel issues such as the validity of a UK driving licence in Europe and the current exchanges of free emergency medical treatment the UK and the EU member states are not known.    Editorial Comment

Latest Brexit Travel Information Travel arrangements by air, rail and sea between the UK AND Europe will inevitably change after Brexit which is currently expected to be on March 29th. The changes will be more significant and immediate if there is no transitional agreement (ie a hard brexit) about future relations between the UK and the European Union. Please see the Brexit Travel Information and news page. >>>

A Radical Brexit Solution With No Irish Backstop!  The deadlock in the UK Parliament on agreeing how the UK should leave the European Union is not necessary if the politicians and power brokers on both sides think outside the box, come to a democratic Brexit deal which honours the 2016 referendum result and the wishes of the UK electorate without the need for an Irish backstop or another referendum – full details  Ukraine Presidential Election Rejects The Old School ! TheThe aviation authorities in the United States and Canada have fallen in line with counterparts in European and across the world and grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 and and Max 9 jet aircraft.  Concerns about the safety of these has arisen following two of them crashing in five months. The first crash last October occured shortly after take-off on a a Lion Air flight Jakarta, Indonesia, killed all 189 people on board.  On March 10th shortly after take-off an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa,  crashed killing all 157 people on board.  The model of planes on both flights was  the Boeing 737 Max 8.  Ukrainian Presidential Election has been won by a political novice who has never held public office.  Volodymyr Zelensky defeated the former president Petro Poroshenko a former lawyer turned actor and comedian with the support of  3 out of every vote cast.  Mr Zelensky who has over 4 million followers on instagram is thought to have become a millionaire from the proceeds of his role in a satirical television series ‘Servant of the People’ .  In the series he plays the part of a man who inadvertently becomes the president of the Ukraine.  

During the presidential campaign his critics portrayed him as a man who had little or no political substance which coupled with his never holding ‘public office’ any made him unfit for the presidency.   These criticisms were overwhelmingly rejected by nearly 75% of the  Ukrainian electorate who have seen their country run by politicians who over the last two decades have changed their political allegiances and policies for their own personal gains.  When his victory was confirmed Mr Zelensky told supporters “I will never let you down,”  whether this true or not only time will tell.  The defeated former President Mr Poroshenko,  has said he will not stand down from politics.. 

Resurrection Of Notre Dame Cathedral Ascends €1bn

The fund to repair the fire damaged 850 year old Notre Dame Cathedral has exceeded over 1 billion euros. Though the structure of the building is mainly stone and stable the fire on 15th April caused the 180 year old spire to collapse and most of the cathedrals wooden roof on which it rested was consumed by flames.  The Cathedral which is  the no.1 tourist attraction in France with an estimated 30 million visitors annually. The aim  according to  French leader President Macron should be to complete all the repairs within five years to ensure that Cathedral would reopen just before the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. 

In the meanwhile as the Cathedral  will remain closed it’s rector Bishop Patrick Chauvet has been given permission to erect a temporary building in front of the landmark so the parishioners that until the fire worshiped there  can continue to attend services.      

Tourist Buses/Coaches To Be Banned In Central Paris

Emmanuel Gregoire, the deputy mayor of Paris, has announced that the city’s civic authority aims to ban tourist buses from the centre of  Paris.  Currently the main attractions and monuments in Central Paris are linked by numerous shuttle services aboard hop on and hop off double decker buses. along with tourist coaches from all over Europe.  The ban will come into effect under new powers being given by the French Government to local authorities to regulate traffic locally.  France is reportedly one of the most popular countries for tourists worldwide with visitors to Paris alone last year up over 4% to 50 million.  

Emmanuel Gregoire acknowledges that the congestion and pollution caused by these buses and coaches is not as severe as in other European cities such as Barcelona and Venice,  However he says highlighting the increasing concerns of many indigenous Parisians.  He and other civic leaders in the city expect the ban to encourage visitors to use cheaper public transport,  rented cycles, electric scooters or walk.  Gregorio  saidc that these options were environmentally friendly mobility and it was time to make that change as it was needed.

Ongoing Travel Alerts  & Warnings For Europe:

The Ukraine: Politically unstable state  where violent demonstrations can occur anywhere.  In the east and south of the country pro-Russian separatists are fighting a civil war with Ukrainian Government Forces particularly in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.  Also best avoided are the  Kharkiv Region and the cities of Dnipropetrovsk Mykolayviv & Odessa.  More 

The Crimea:  Formerly  Ukrainian province under Russian control since March 2014 . Many western governments advise their avoid this country/ More

Other Advice: There also is important advice for visitors to other European Countries and cities plus advice for that visitors intending to visit Moldova Chisinau and Transnistraq should consider. More.

Macedonia Renamed As ‘North Macedonia’

A 28 year dispute between Greece and Macedonia came to an end on January 25th when the Greek Parliament voted by 153 votes to 146 votes (with 1 abstention) for it’s northern neighbour Macedonia to be renamed North Macedonia’. The dispute began in 1991 with the break up of the former Yugoslavia when the area now known as Macedonia declared it’s independence from Belgrade.  The declaration offended many Greeks who felt that the new state was staking a claim on Greek territory with same name.

In June 2018 the Greek and Macedonian prime ministers  agreed the new name for the province. The Macedonian Parliament has ratified the agreement and the Greek Parliament is expected to do so this week.  The end of the dispute between the two countries  paves the way for progressing Macedonian aspirations to become an EU member state and joining of NATO.   

Hungary Steps Up It’s Hostile Immigration Policy

The Hungarian Government is opt out of a proposed United Nations migration pact as it believes the accord will pose a threat to the world.  Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said in an interview to Euronews that the text of the pact  text was “biased and unbalanced” and “tries to portray migration as something good by definition and as a fundamental human right, which it is not.”

In an interview with Euronews, Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said his country was leaving talks to make a pact because the text was “biased and unbalanced” and “tries to portray migration as something good by definition and as a fundamental human right, which it is not.”  Hungary’s right wing government is  openly hostile to refugees and the willingness of the majority of EU  countries to provide support for those who arrive in Europe.   In 2015 the Hungarian Government erected metal fence along its southern and eastern borders to stop refugees and migrants entering Hungary.

The Hungarian exit from the UN accord mirrors President Trumps decision in 2017  not to take part in it.


It always advisable before leaving for any airport to check with the airport website that flights are taking off and landing normally. This obviously would apply if your airport has had problems such as drone attacks or if your airport or airline is experiencing operational problems such as adverse weather or industrial action.

The problems at Gatwick Airport  have been determined by the Civil Aviation Authority (CIA) as an extraordinary situation which is beyond the control or responsibility of airlines. This means you cannot claim compensation from the airline. You may where delays are over three hours submit claims with receipts for  for ‘reasonable’ expenses such as food, drink and hotel expenses to your airline but because of the CIA ruling some airlines may contest their obligation to pay.

If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a full refund.  Alternatively you can accept the offer of an alternative flight with the same airline.  Your airline may also offer to book you a seat on another airline. Either way if the alternative flight is more expensive than the one your booked your airline will cover the difference in the cost.

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Auschwitz Birkenau Travel Guide This guide contain  special travel advice and information for those going to visit  the Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps more

Advice For Women Travellers As an increasing number of women go solo this article focuses on culturally inappropriate clothing, unwanted male attention, personal issues, date rape and how these pitfalls can be avoided. more

Air Travel Guide This extensive links to every euromost air travel feature including the airport guides in the UK and the rest of Europe which include links to the flight arrivals and flight departures boards, new airline routes, air security pages for Europe and the US, , the black listed airlines guide, flying  phobia and individual airline information pages, air travel news in which we may very occasionally publish special offers and cheap flights if they are genuinely cheap more

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Clubbing Guides For Europe The European clubbing guide features a clubbing guide for clubs in most European capitals with club reviews and information on the music another the admission and drink prices including the rip off ones!  more

Coach Services In Europe The coach travel section of euromost includes details on European Coach Networks & Services across Europe  There also is information on European coach tours in central and Eastern Europe more

Consulate Information For Europe Contact information for European embassies and consulates in London. These consulates can answer specific questions visitors from Britain may have about a proposed trip to their country or provide  assistance and advice to their own nationals in the UK more

Cruises in Europex Our European Cruise guide includes information on cruises in the Arctic in and around the North Pole, the Norwegian Fjords, The Baltic States, the East Med & West Med and on the River Danube and The Rhine. – many of which once only the playground for the rich – cruises are now within the reach of us all. more

Emergency Medical Help Assistance For Eu Citizens The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is FREELY available free to all citizen over the age of 16 who are nationals national citizens of all  European Union Member States It is also accepted in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Holders of this card are entitled to the same  freeemergency treatment that they would receive at home more

European Airport Guides These are posted individually and linked with a relevant city guide. They include essential airport information and live links to the home page, flight arrivals & flight departure boards of the airport. There are also over 100 links to smaller airports across Europe. more

European City Guides In the euromost collection there are 40 Europe city guides all with have information on the city’s history public transport sightseeing attractions restaurants clubs nightlife and accommodation.  Most popular cities guides are shown in red        

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The 31 european country profiles are Albania Austria Belarus Bosnia Bulgaria China Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Holland Hungary Iceland Italy  Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Sweden & the Ukraine. full index

Rail Services In Europe The European rail guide includes travel pages offering  general information on European rail Networks & Services across Europe iand features on the Orient Express & the Trans Siberian Express  more


The attempted murder using a nerve agent in and English town of a former Russian  Spy (who was also a double agent)  left him, his daughter and a police officer seriously ill and endangered hundreds of innocent citizens.  The subsequent allegations of who was responsible for this has  heightened the already strained political tensions between Russia and the UK with both countries expelling diplomats of the other from their own. The extensive media coverage in both countries has portrayed the other country in a very bad light. Consequently visitors from the UK and Europe to Russia, and vice versa, may not feel entirely comfortable or safe when travelling around.

Currently there is no indication that tourists from  either country would be attacked on their visit because of recent events or because they were Russian or English speaking.  The citizens of both countries are peaceful, civil, law abiding, appreciate the importance of tourism and do not want a Cold War. Thus the political views and rhetoric of Theresa May or Vladimir Putin what ever their strengths and weaknesses maybe are extremely unlikely to translate into violence.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London have issued the following statement for British nationals currently in Russia or due to travel in the coming weeks;   ”’ due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time; you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publically on political developments; while the British Embassy in Moscow is not aware of any increased difficulties for British people travelling in Russia at this time, you should follow the security and political situation closely and keep up to date with this travel advice”.

If you’re in Russia and you need urgent help (call 007 495 956 7200 or 007 812 320 3200 if you’re in North-West Russia. If you cannot connect to this number, please call +44 1908 516666. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Russia, call 020 7008 1500.

If you are a Russian Federation national in the UK and you need urgent help contact the Russian Embassy at 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7229 6412.  Or go to their website   You can also contact their Consular Office on +44 (0) 203 668 7474


If you a national or naturalised citizen of any country in the the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland you can apply to your government for a free European  Health Insurance Card. If you are taken ill or injured in any country who is a member of the above organisations and can produce this card when admitted to hospital  for emergency medical help and not charged for the treatment.

The European Health Insurance Card is only valid for people with medical emergencies who have been taken ill – have had an accident – or who have been a victim of crime or terrorism.The scheme does not cover people with problems from an existing conditions – dentistry or cosmetic surgeries. Neither does it cover the cost  of repatriating the card holder back to their home country.

In some countries it may not cover the cost of treatment after an accident in a dangerous sport such as bungee jumping or  skiing.   You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more.

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Travel guides with business and tourist Information For Central Eastern Northern Southern and Western Europe, the Baltic States Scandinavia and Russia.   


if you a national or naturalised citizen of any country in the the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland you can apply to your government for a free European  Health Insurance Card. If you are taken ill or injured in any country who is a member of the above organisations and can produce this card when admitted to hospital  for emergency medical help and not charged for the treatment+.

The European Health Insurance Card is only valid for people with medical emergencies who have been taken ill – have had an accident – or who have been a victim of crime or terrorism.
+The scheme does not cover people with problems from an existing conditions – dentistry or cosmetic surgeries. Neither does it cover the cost  of repatriating the card holder back to their home country. In some countries it may not cover the cost of treatment after an accident in a dangerous sport such as bungee jumping or  skiing.   You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more





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