I am a German citizen who has been living abroad and never had a health insurance in Germany. Until now I lived in a non-European country, so my current health insurance cannot join EHIC.

I am a student in the Netherland, and my question is how can I register to the German health insurance so I will be eligible for EHIC while I am in the Netherlands?

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    Maybe you should just register for health insurance in the Netherlands, since that is where you actually reside. To get a German EHIC card, I believe you will need a registered residence in Germany.
    – phoog
    Jul 25, 2018 at 15:05
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    EHIC is a card. (From your use of the term in this question, I wasn’t sure you are aware of that. In particular, “joining EHIC” makes no sense at all.)
    – chirlu
    Jul 25, 2018 at 20:42
  • Since the social laws are based on country laws, it should be obivous that a heath service company (Krankenkasse) will only accept members from withing the country it works in. Nov 3, 2019 at 21:28

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You can't. German health insurance requires you to have a residence in Germany. If you are a student in the Netherlands and not a resident in Germany, you must get health insurance in the Netherlands.

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