With the Rest of World

Current Reciprocal Healthcare Arrangements outside of the EU with Rest of World (RoW) Countries

Rest of World countries are those countries which are not EU Member States or Switzerland. (European Economic Area and European Free Trade Association countries).

Reciprocal Healthcare Agreements with Rest of World (RoW) countries

The UK Government has reciprocal healthcare agreements with some of RoW countries.

The nature of these agreements mean that you will often be treated as though you are a resident of the country you are visiting. You will not have to pay for treatment that the agreement entitles you to a long as you can prove that you are a UK citizen or a lawful resident of the country. 

Please visit the UK Government reciprocal healthcare pages for further details on the Agreements with non-EU, EEA and EFTA countries.

It is important to note that not every agreement will be the same in every country and you should check their arrangements. For example, visitors travelling to the UK will generally only be entitled to immediate medical treatment free of charge and agreements will not usually apply when travelling to the UK for planned healthcare.

Further details on Foreign Travel Advice.


Travelling to the UK from other RoW countries

The arrangements between the UK and Rest of World (RoW) countries have not changed as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU.

  • Visitors to the UK for periods up to six months likely to be charged for non-emergency treatment unless exempt. The costs are payable to the LHB. Click here for a list of LHBs in Wales.
  • Visitors to the UK for a period of more than six months are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge at time of applying for a visa:  Paying for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application.


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Last Updated: 13/04/2022 07:49:26