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.

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 and you fail to pay for NHS treatment when a charge applies, any future immigration application you make may be denied.

Some NHS services or treatments are exempt from charges so that they are free to all (although prescription, dentistry and other charges may still apply). These include:

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

Page last reviewed: 10/09/2018
Next review due: 10/09/2021