NHS Entitlement for Migrants – What You Need to Know


NHS Entitlement for Migrants – What You Need to Know

October 11, 2022

The NHS is an incredible institution that benefits citizens across the United Kingdom, but what can you access if you’ve travelled from abroad? In this post, we’ll cover the basics.

EU Nationals (Plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland)

Short-stay EU citizens can continue to access necessary medical care through the EU’s EHIC scheme – no change there.

When staying in the UK for longer than 6 months, EU citizens will pay a surcharge that grants them access to NHS services.

Non-EEA Nationals

Other immigrants to the UK have to pay an “immigration health surcharge” when applying for a VISA that’s longer than six months. This costs £470 a year for students and £624 a year for everyone else.

A Helpful Resource

More guidance on this topic can be found here.

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