1. Overview

You can apply for a Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa if you:

How long it will take

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

You can check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.


A Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa costs £83.

How long you can stay

You can stay in the UK for 6 months.

You can apply to extend your visa, but you’ll need added proof from a registered UK doctor about your treatment and costs.

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • have a consultation or be treated for an illness
  • donate an organ to someone having private medical care

You can’t:

  • live in the UK for extended periods through frequent visits
  • work, including selling products
  • get public funds
  • study
  • marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership
  • come to the UK to be a surrogate mother
  • donate an organ to someone undergoing NHS treatment - you should apply for a General Visitor visa instead
  • bring family members (‘dependants’) with you on your application - they must apply separately

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