NHS visitor and migrant cost recovery programme

Guidance and resources for NHS organisations and health professionals.

Migrants, visitors and former residents of the UK must pay for their care when they’re in England. So that the NHS doesn’t lose out on income for services these people receive, in April 2015 changes were made to the way the NHS charges overseas visitors for healthcare.

See summary of changes.

This collection includes guidance and a range of resources, including template letters and posters, to help NHS organisations manage overseas visitors and recover the costs of healthcare where appropriate.

There are other resources available from E-learning for Healthcare, including:


  1. Overseas visitors and migrants: extending charges for NHS services

    • Consultation outcome
  2. Migrant access to the NHS

    • Consultation outcome

Resources for health professionals

Guidance for NHS organisations

Independent reports

Published 15 October 2015
Last updated 6 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added link to 'Evaluation of overseas visitor and migrant NHS cost recovery' independent report.
  2. Added links to an E-Learning for Healthcare resources, including an overseas visitors cost recovery video.
  3. Link to consultation added
  4. First published.