Your access to NHS healthcare
Nationals from Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA) coming to the UK in 2020 are entitled to free NHS treatment. If you are staying less than six months, you should carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to enable you to register for NHS services. For stays of longer than six months, you should also obtain an EHIC.
We recommend that you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as possible when you are in the OK, and no later than June 2021, so that you can your preserve your rights to access healthcare in the UK, as well as other immigration permissions.
Student visas for more than six months of study
Any students and dependants (if applicable) who are making a new student visa application, either in the UK or overseas, must pay the NHS surcharge or Immigration Health Surcharge.
For students, the fee is currently £470 per year and the same for any dependant family members. The total amount will be calculated as part of the online application process and the whole amount will be payable upfront.
Medical insurance is also needed to pay for health-related costs such as travel costs of returning home due to being unwell or inability to complete your studies.
Students studying for less than six months
If you are on a course lasting less than six months, we advise you to secure private medical insurance before you travel since any hospital treatment will be charged.
Exceptions to this are emergency and urgent care services, mental health, and sexual health services. For community-based health care 'temporary resident' registration with a doctor will give you access to a family doctor and associated services.