Overseas Patients

An overseas visitor is someone not “ordinarily resident” in the UK, i.e. someone who is a short-term visitor and whose remaining period of stay does not exceed 6 months.

Emergency treatment by a GP can be provided to anyone visiting this country but the rules are rather complex – although they are a lot more lenient than many other countries. If in any doubt expect to be charged.

As a general rule to get FREE NHS treatment you need to fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • have a life or death emergency that was not due to a pre-existing condition, or
  • be ordinarily and legally resident with an appropriate visa.