Medical & Travel Insurance
You don’t need to have travel and health insurance to visit the UK to learn English, but it’s a good idea.
- If you’re from an EU country you should bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) with you. This will give you access to most NHS services for free.
Please be aware that these cards don’t cover all possible NHS costs. You should still get private travel and health insurance for your visit to the UK as some things like prescriptions for medication and visits to the dentist are not free.
- Visitors from Norway can use their passport to receive necessary medical care. Visitors to the UK from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland will have to pay for access to the NHS after 31 December 2020. Any treatment you need that’s not necessary will be charged 150% the normal NHS price, so it’s important to get private travel and health insurance.
For more detailed information, check this website here.
- If you’re a visitor to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you will be charged 150% the normal NHS charge for any treatment that is not necessary. This is true even if you were a resident of the UK in the past. This is why it’s important to have private travel and health insurance when you visit the UK.
If you don’t pay the costs of the NHS services you use, this can affect your future visa applications.
For the full details, read more here.
If you want to be 100% covered, consider one of the following private insurance options:
- Allianz is an internationally recognised insurance company that can offer you a variety of plans to protect against medical problems or travel issues while you’re visiting the UK.
- AXA is another respected, global insurance brand. They offer three different levels of medical coverage for visitors to the UK (Bronze, Silver, and Gold). Choose the plan that best suits your needs.
If you want to shop around for your own travel and medical insurance, World First and International Insurance are a great place to start your search.
The NHS is the National Health Service in the UK.
There are some services on the NHS that are always free. If you visit the UK you won’t have to pay for:
- Accident and emergency services (this doesn’t include emergency treatment if you are admitted to hospital)
- Family planning services (this doesn’t include termination of pregnancy or infertility treatment)
- Treatment for most infectious diseases
- Treatment for a physical or mental condition caused by torture, female genital mutilation, and physical / sexual violence
Last updated 17th October 2022
The UK government has removed remaining domestic restrictions, which means that it is no longer compulsory to wear a face mask and you no longer need to quarantine if you test Positive to Covid. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:
- Get vaccinated
- Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
- Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
- Wash or sanitise your hands often
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
In the event of a local lockdown or need to self-isolate, students can transfer their classes from school-based to online or make up the missed teaching hours later.