UNITED KINGDOM - Rollout of Pre-Entry TB Screening in India
The UK government made an announcement in May that India was among 67 countries to which pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening would be extended on the basis of World Health Organisation figures of high TB incidence. Pre-entry TB screening is only required for those wishing to travel to the UK for more than six months.
Timetable for Rollout of Pre-entry TB Screening in India
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has now released the timetable and arrangements for the rollout of the pre-entry TB screening programme in India:
- Pre-entry TB screening will be required in India for UK settlement visa applications from 16 August 2012.
- Pre-entry TB screening will be required in India for visa applications under Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the Points Based System from 10 September 2012. Company sponsored employees fall under Tier 2 of the Points Based System.
- Tier 4 visa applications will require the pre-entry TB screening from 1 November 2012.
Who Has To Undergo TB Screening?
Those who wish to travel to the UK for longer than six months must be screened and a certificate obtained from an approved clinic to demonstrate that they are free of TB before making a UK visa application in the categories listed above. The UKBA has set up a network of approved clinics in India, listed here.
The fee for the diagnostic tests will be Rs1500. The certificate will usually be valid for six months.
Those who test positive for TB will be referred for treatment, and will not be permitted to travel to the UK until they are able to demonstrate that they are free of TB.
For more information about pre-entry TB screening, please see the UKBA’s FAQs here.
- Note that pre-entry TB screening will be a requirement for visa applicants from India from 16 August 2012 (for settlement applicants) and from 10 September 2012 (applicants under Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the Points Based System)