As of 6th April 2015 Vincentians wishing to extend their stay in the United Kingdom (U. K.) beyond the six (6) months visa free period will now be required to pay financial contribution toward the National Health Services (NHS), a move that will give them the same access to the NHS as a permanent U. K. resident.

According to a release from the British High Commission, the U. K. Parliament has recently approved regulations for an immigration health surcharge, which will be introduced on 6th April 2015. The surcharge will mean that non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who go to the U. K. to work, study or join family for a period of more than six (6) months, or apply to extend their stay when they are in the U. K., will have to pay this financial contribution to the NHS.

The document further states that the health surcharge will apply to application where payment is made on or after 6th April 2015. The fee will be £200 a year for temporary migrants and £150 a year for students.

Vincentians enjoy visa free access to the United Kingdom for a period up to six months.