Check if you need to pay towards your healthcare in the UK

If you're applying for a UK visa you may need to pay a charge for healthcare services, called the 'immigration health surcharge (IHS)'.

You don’t need to continue if you’re applying for a visitor visa, or indefinite leave to remain (ILR).

You are no longer able to pay your immigration heath surcharge using this website. You should pay your Immigration Health Surcharge (where required) as part of your online visa/immigration application. For details of how to apply, please visit

If you have already paid your Immigration Health Surcharge and need to request a refund, please visit for further information on what you need to do.

You may be exempt from paying this healthcare surcharge, but you still need an IHS reference number.