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Visitor (Standard) Visa for private medical purposes

Officially part of the Appendix V Visitor Routes.


If you are applying for the Visitor (Standard Visa in order to come to the UK for private medical treatment, the application process and the conditions attached to the Visa may be slightly different compared to if you were simply visiting the UK.


The main differences are that as part of the application you are required to present a document confirming that you have pre-arranged your private medical treatment in the UK. You will be allowed to stay up to 11 months, if your treatment requires more than the standard 6 months.


You do not have to apply for the Visitor Visa if your nationality is on the "Non-visa National" list, unless you are staying in the UK for longer than 6 months. When entering the UK, you might nevertheless be asked by the the border officer for evidence demonstrating that the visitor requirements are satisfied.

How long can I stay in the UK with this visa?

How long can I stay in the UK with this visa?

You can stay up to 6 months on the Visitor (Standard) Visa for private medical purposes, or up to 11 months if your treatment plan lasts longer than 6 months.

Which family members can I bring with me on this visa?

You cannot bring family members with you on the Visitor (Standard) Visa for private medical purposes. They will have to apply for their visas separately.

What work can I do while on this visa?

What work can I do while on this visa?

You can only undertake work and business activities explicitly permitted under the Visitor (Standard) Visa rules.

Can I settle in the UK in the future with this visa?

Can I settle in the UK in the future with this visa?

No. The Visitor (Standad) Visa for private medical purposes does not lead to settlement.

What fees will I need to pay for this visa?

What fees will I need to pay for this visa?

The UK government fees for the Visitor (Standard) Visa lasting up to 6 months is £95, and £190 for visas lasting up to 11 months.

Which family members can I bring with me on this visa?

Key questions answered:

Document confirming pre-arranged private medical treatment
Travel plans
Proof of finances

Documents needed (other documentation may also be required):