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Visiting England

Visitors from outside the EEA

Unplanned treatment on a temporary visit to England

If you are visiting England from a non-EEA country, even if you are a former UK resident, you need to ensure you are covered for healthcare through personal medical or travel insurance for the duration of your visit. If you need NHS treatment and you have not arranged insurance, you will be charged at 150% of the standard NHS rate, unless an exemption category applies to either you or the treatment. 

If you are a non-EEA national, failure to pay this charge may have an effect on any future immigration application you make, and you risk being turned down.

Some services or treatments carried out in an NHS hospital are exempt from charges, so that they are free to all. These include:

Furthermore, there are certain categories of people who are exempt from charges. View the exemption categories.  


Page last reviewed: 18/08/2015

Next review due: 18/08/2017

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