You can enter the UK as an S2 Healthcare Visitor if you have been authorised to receive planned healthcare in the UK under the 'S2 arrangement' or you're accompanying or joining someone who is.

You can come to the UK as an S2 Healthcare Visitor if either of the following apply:

  • you've been authorised to receive planned healthcare treatment in the UK under the 'S2 arrangement'
  • you're accompanying or joining someone receiving planned healthcare treatment under the 'S2 arrangement' to provide them with care or support

The 'S2 arrangement' allows people residing in the EEA or Switzerland to obtain planned healthcare treatment in another EEA country at the expense of their home state.

As an S2 Healthcare Visitor you can't:

  • have NHS-funded treatment that was not prearranged, unless it is emergency medical treatment
  • work, even temporary work is not allowed
  • study
  • access public funds

Eligibility criteria

Patient

You must have requested authorisation to receive planned healthcare treatment under the 'S2 arrangement' by 31 December 2020 (the end of the UK transition period).

You must have evidence the request has been approved by your home state, and the arrangements agreed with the treating facility in the UK, in the form of an S2 certificate of entitlement to scheduled treatment (also known as a 'Portable Document S2').

Accompanying or joining a patient

You can accompany or join a patient undergoing S2 authorised treatment in the UK for the purpose of providing care or support to them during the treatment. You will need to make your own application for an S2 Healthcare Visitor visa if you need one.

You must be resident in the EEA or Switzerland and must be travelling with, or joining, a patient who has been authorised to receive planned healthcare treatment under the 'S2 arrangement'.

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