Visitors to the UK have a number of right and responsibilities. As a visitor, you may be wondering if you are entitled to free National Health Service (NHS) medical treatment, if you need to register with the police and how to change your status once you are in the UK.
Can Visitors Receive Free NHS Treatment?
Visitors who enter the UK cannot do so with the sole purpose of receiving free NHS treatment. However, if you are admitted to hospital and treated in a hospital’s A&E (Accident & Emergency) department, you will be charged for any other medical treatment you receive while you are in the UK. That is why you should ensure that you have adequate medical insurance coverage in case you need to see a doctor while you are in the UK.
Do Visitors Need to Register with the Police?
Some visitors are required to register with the police during their stay in the UK. If you are required to register with the police, this will be written in your passport, and you will then have seven days to register with the police upon arrival in the UK. When you stop by the police station to register, you will need to take along your passport, as well as the registration fee, and two passport-size photos. Visitors who will be staying in the Metropolitan Police area in London should take these documents along to the Overseas Visitors Record Office, which is located at the following address:
The Overseas Visitors Records Office,
180 Borough High Street,
London, SE1 1LH.
Can Visitors Change the Conditions of Their Stay in the UK?
Visitors who wish to extend their stay in the UK or change the conditions of their visit should contact the UK Border Agency immigration enquiry bureau. The immigration enquiry bureau is located at the following address:
UK Border Agency,
40 Wellesley Road,
Surrey CR9 2BY
You must provide good reasons for wanting to change the conditions of your visit or to extend your stay in the UK. There is no guarantee that your requests will be granted. However, if you are granted permission to extend your stay or change the conditions of your visit to the UK, any conditions will be marked in your passport.
Visitors to the UK have certain rights and responsibilities. They have the right to be treated at an A&E department, but they cannot receive free NHS medical treatment as a “medical tourist”. If you need to register with the police, this will be documented in your passport. Visitors who wish to extend their stay in the UK or change the conditions of their visit must apply for permission to do so from the UK Border Agency’s immigration enquiry bureau.
UK Border Agency, Visitors’ rights and responsibilities.