All non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals planning to come to the UK for more than six months are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
The non-EEA nationals coming to the UK for six months or less, or those who apply for a visitor visa, do not have to pay the surcharge since they are fully liable for the cost of any NHS treatment at the point they receive it.
IHS is normally paid as part of immigration application.
Who doesn’t have to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge
If you’re applying from outside the UK for a visitor visa or any visa that lasts 6 months or less. While you don’t need to use the healthcare surcharge service or get an IHS reference number for your visa application, you’ll instead have to pay for any healthcare you get through the NHS at the point you use it.
Who needs to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge.
The following must pay Immigration Health Surcharge if they are applying for visa from outside the UK:
• national of countries outside the European Economic Area
• those applying for a visa to work, study or join their families in the UK for more than 6 months (but are not applying to remain in the UK permanently)
The following must pay Immigration Health Surcharge if they are applying for visa from within the UK:
• nationals of countries outside the EEA
• those making immigration applications for any length of time, including applications for 6 months or less (but are not applying to remain in the UK permanently)
The amount to pay
• £150 per year as a student, e.g. £300 for a 2-year visa
• £200 per year for all other visa and immigration applications, e.g. £1,000 for a 5-year visa
Dependants usually need to pay the same amount as you. The exact amount you have to pay depends on how much leave you’re granted.
You’ll pay half of the yearly amount if your application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months. You’ll pay for a whole year if you’re application includes part of a year that is more than 6 months.
Your visa or immigration application won’t be granted if you don’t pay the healthcare surcharge or your application will be delayed if you don’t pay the right amount.
When to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge
If you’re applying for a visa online or through the premium service centre, you’ll pay the surcharge as part of your application or when you book an appointment.
If you’re applying for a visa by post, you must pay the healthcare surcharge online before you send your application – you’ll need to include the IHS reference number on your application form.
You’ll be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration if you didn’t pay the surcharge (or didn’t pay enough) as part of your visa or immigration application.
Your visa or immigration application will be turned down if you don’t pay the full amount:
• within 10 working days if you’re inside the UK
• within 7 working days if you’re outside the UK