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Can I visit the UK for private medical treatment?

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

The Immigration Rules specify that a visitor to the UK is permitted to receive private medical treatment provided that certain additional criteria can be met.

In addition to the usual visit criteria, medical visitors must also be able to demonstrate that they:

  1. Have arranged their private medical treatment before travel to the UK and may provide confirmation of the medical condition requiring consultation or treatment, where the consultation or treatment will take place and the estimated costs and likely duration of the treatment;
  2. Will be receiving treatment of a finite nature; and
  3. Are not a danger to the public health should they be permitted entry to the UK.

Can I visit the UK for private medical treatment?Evidence of the above requirements should be presented to the Home Office at visa application stage or if the individual is a non-visa national, to Border Control at the UK port of entry.

If the individual is applying for a Visit Visa in advance of travel to the UK, they may apply for a period of 6 months or 11 months, depending on the circumstances surrounding their medical treatment. The application can be submitted no more than 3 months ahead of the intended travel date to the UK.

The Gherson Immigration Team has extensive experience in aiding visitors to the UK. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options, send us an e-mail, or alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.


The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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