Oversea visitors to England, are they eligible for vaccine in the UK?

25th March 2021

Oversea visitors to England, are they eligible for vaccine in the UK?

A lady is visiting her family from Italy and will be here for up to three months. They are insisting on receiving the vaccine; are they eligible? If so, how does she get the vaccine?

GP Practices need to register the patient even for a short period of time so she can have the vaccine.

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.

There is a further clarification around this in the government COVID-19; a migrant health guide document that can be found here.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.


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Tracy has worked in general practice management for over 13 years with a passion for turning around vulnerable or struggling practices and making a difference to patients. Tracy has been a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Practice Manager Specialist Adviser since 2014 along with being a peer appraiser, national trainer, dementia friend champion and a trustee board member with her local Healthwatch.

Tracy also worked nationally for 18 months as the General Practice Development and Primary Care Network (PCN) Lead supporting practices, PCNs and federations.

Tracy is a chartered fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a fellow with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) holding postgraduate qualifications in strategic leadership.







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