The current list of exempt services comprises:

Accident and emergency (A&E) services (whether provided at an A&E department or similar e.g. urgent care centre, walk-in centre or minor injuries unit) but not including services provided after the overseas visitor is accepted as an inpatient or at a follow-up outpatient appointment. So, where emergency treatment is given after admission to the hospital, e.g. intensive care or coronary care, it is chargeable to a non-exempt overseas visitor. Note that some walk-in centres provide primary care services rather than A&E-type services and overseas visitors cannot be charged for such services either because primary care services are not within the scope of the regulations;

Family planning services, which means services that supply contraceptive products and devices to prevent pregnancy (termination of an established pregnancy is not a method of contraception or family planning)

The diagnosis and treatment, including routine screening and routine vaccinations, of the conditions specified in Schedule 1 to the Charging Regulations which is necessary to protect the wider public health. This exemption from charge will apply to the diagnosis of the condition, even if the outcome is a negative result. It will also apply to any treatment provided for a suspected specified condition, up to the point that it is negatively diagnosed. It does not apply to any secondary illness that may be present even if treatment is necessary in order to successfully treat the condition;

The conditions to which the exemption applies are:

  • Acute encephalitis
  • Acute poliomyelitis
  • Anthrax
  • Botulism
  • Brucellosis 
  • Cholera
  • Diphtheria
  • Enteric fever (typhoid and paratyphoid fever)
  • Food poisoning
  • Haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Infectious bloody diarrhoea 
  • Invasive group A streptococcal disease and scarlet fever
  • Invasive meningococcal disease (meningococcal meningitis, meningococcal septicaemia and other forms of invasive disease)
  • Legionnaires’ disease
  • Leprosy
  • Leptospirosis 
  • Malaria 
  • Measles
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
  • Mumps
  • Pandemic influenza (defined as the ‘Pandemic Phase’), or influenza that might become pandemic (defined as the ‘Alert Phase’) in the World Health Organization’s Pandemic Influenza Risk Management Interim Guidance
  • Plague
  • Rabies 
  • Rubella 
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) 
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus 
  • Tuberculosis 
  • Typhus
  • Viral haemorrhagic fever (which includes Ebola) 
  • Viral hepatitis 
  • Whooping cough 
  • Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 
  • Yellow fever.

The diagnosis and treatment, including routine screening and routine vaccinations, of sexually transmitted infections;

Palliative care services provided by a registered palliative care charity or a community interest company;

Services provided as part of the "NHS 111" telephone advice line commissioned by a Clinical Commissioning Group or the NHS England;

Services provided for treatment of a condition caused by

  •  Torture
  •  Female genital mutilation
  •  Domestic violence
  •  Sexual violence.

Including treatment of both physical and mental illness, or an acute or chronic condition. The exemption applies wherever the violence has been experienced (including violence that occurred abroad), provided that the overseas visitor has not travelled to the UK for the purpose of seeking treatment. Any other treatment that they need that is not caused by that violence is not free, unless covered by another exemption.