UNITED KINGDOM – UPDATED Pre-Entry TB Screening Extended to 52 More Countries from 31 December 2013
The UK government has announced that, from 31 December 2013, pre-application Tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for those travelling for more than six months to the UK from 52 additional countries, including China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Russia and Nigeria.
Who has to undergo screening?
The full list of additional countries is specified here.
Residents of the listed countries 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.
This includes applicants for a six month fiancé(e) visa, as applicants in this category must demonstrate their intention to remain in the UK for longer than six months. It does not include people applying for two, five and ten year visitor visas, because the maximum stay in the UK at any one time is still six months.
All children aged eleven years and older, and some aged under eleven years, must be tested for TB.
The x-ray test, analysis, results and administration may take up to four hours, and there is a TB screening fee payable directly to the clinic.
Tuberculosis test certificates are usually valid for six months and must be submitted with the visa application. If the application is successful, an immigration officer may request the certificate on arrival in the UK.
The UK’s pre-entry Tuberculosis screening programme was initially announced in May 2012, in response to increasing numbers of cases of TB in the UK. The scheme is gradually rolling out to 82 countries. The most recent group of countries, included in the scheme from 31 October 2013, was Bolivia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay and Peru
Previously, residents of China, Hong Kong and Macau only required pre-entry TB screening if applying for settlement in the UK.
- Ensure any applicant resident in the affected countries intending to stay in the UK for more than six months undergoes pre-application TB screening at an approved clinic in their country of residence.
- Ensure that the application for entry clearance is made before the TB test certificate expires.