If you have a UK passport and you move to Scotland to live permanently, you can get healthcare from the NHS.
In order to receive care, you will need to register with a GP as soon as you arrive in Scotland.
Find out how to register with a GP.
When registering you may be asked to show:
- your passport
- documents showing that you intend to stay in the UK – for example, the lease or mortgage for your home in the UK, council tax documents, a TV licence, one-way travel tickets, or a bill for shipping goods to the UK
If you don’t have the documents they ask for, NHS staff may not be able to treat you as an NHS patient and you may need to pay for any care you receive.
Find out more about accessing NHS services and treatments.
Free healthcare for UK passport holders and their families is dependent on personal circumstances. There are, however, some treatments that may incur a cost.
Families of UK passport holders
If you are registered as an NHS patient your spouse or civil partner and children will also qualify for healthcare. If you have children they must be aged under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education.
Staff at the GP surgery will ask you to fill in a form to register your family. You may need to show your marriage or civil partnership certificate and birth certificates for your children to complete the process.
Healthcare in Scotland for UK Passport Holders Returning After Living Abroad (Factsheet)
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