Visitors from outside the European Economic Area (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.

From October 23 2017, you will need to pay in advance the full estimated cost if the treatment you need is non-urgent, otherwise the treatment will not be provided.

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 NHS services or treatments 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: 18/08/2018