Access to Covid-19 healthcare for irregular (undocumented) migrants

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NHS entitlements for migrants in the UK

  • No charges for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, treatment and vaccination

Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be charged for:

  • testing for COVID-19 (even if the test shows they do not have COVID-19)
  • treatment for COVID-19, including for a related problem called multisystem inflammatory syndrome that affects some children
  • vaccination against COVID-19
  • No immigration checks are needed for overseas visitors if they are only tested, treated or vaccinated for COVID-19.

Information from the government on migrant entitlements related to Covid-19 and health can also be found here.

Are there any risks for people with an irregular immigration status accessing healthcare?

Sometimes the NHS shares the name, address and date of birth of a patient with the Home Office (the department of government that is responsible for immigration control). This can happen if the hospital is trying to determine a person’s eligibility for care, or if a person has a debt to the NHS.

If you are feeling unwell, showing symptoms and are worried about your immigration status, please have a look at the guidance from Doctors of the World UK (available in 60 languages)  here.

Doctors of the World also run a clinic advice line for all migrants with healthcare concerns. The clinic advice line: 0808 1647 686 (freephone) is open from 10am to 12 midday, Monday to Friday. Or email clinic@doctorsoftheworld.org.uk

 

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