Health Surcharge introduced for new long-term entrants to the UK

The Government has confirmed that the Health Surcharge will be introduced on 6 April 2015. This will require any individual applying for a UK Visa of over six months to pay a £200 a year health surcharge for any NHS care that they might receive.

Citizens from the EU, Australia and New Zealand will not have to pay the charge and those staying for less than six months will also not have to pay. The Government said in a statement that the actual cost of care on average for each individual is estimated to be higher and that the figure is less than is charged in other comparable countries.

The Government expects to raise as much as £200 million a year from the new charge which an expectation of raising £1.7 billion over the next ten years. Payment will be collected at the same time as the Visa application is made by the individual and any dependents will also have the pay the same sum.