All you need to know about your health care SIP Card: What is a SIP Card? What is it for? How can I get one?

Are you a resident of Spain, and have you recently registered with the Spanish Health Care System? The next step is to apply for your SIP card.

The Health Care (SIP) Card is a document issued by the Ministry of Health, which identifies citizens as users of the Public Health System under equal conditions, and confirming their right to health benefits.

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about SIP cards:

From where do I obtain the SIP Health Card?

Your SIP card is issued at your local Medical Centre.

Who do I call to find out which Medical Centre I should register with?

You should call Infosalut on 900 161 161.

How do I change my personal details or address? And if my SIP card never arrives, has been stolen, lost, or damaged, who do I contact for a new card to be issued?

Please visit your local Medical Centre or call the Information Help Desk on 900 662 000.

Who do I notify of a change of accreditation (from working to retired, etc.)?

Please visit your local Medical Centre, and present an updated photocopy of Annex I, which will have been provided by the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS). In the case of a different accreditation change, please provide the supporting documentation.

Where do I notify a change of registration (Empadronamiento)?

Please visit your local Medical Centre and present the new Certificate of Registration.

I am contributing to Social Security and I am going to travel outside of Spain (to a European Union country). Where do I apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

You can call the INSS Information Telephone Number on 900 166 565 or visit the CAISS Social Security Information Centre.

For general questions about my Health Insurance, where can I call?

Please contact the Help Desk on 900 66 2000.