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Who requires a TB Test for a UK Visa?

Updated: May 9

Helpful insight into "Tuberculosis" test: When you will need it on an immigration application

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Chest x-ray for a UKVI tuberculosis test.

You will need to complete a tuberculosis (TB) test before submitting your visa applications if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of these countries even if you are married to British citizen.


A B C D

Afghanistan Bangladesh Cambodia Democratic Republic of Congo

Algeria Belarus Cape Verde Djibouti

Angola Benin Central African Republic Dominican Republic

Armenia Bhutan Chad

Azerbaijan Bolivia Cameroon

Botswana China

Brunei Congo

Burkina Faso Côte d’Ivoire

Burundi


E G H I K

East Timor Gabon Haiti India Kazakhstan

Ecuador Gambia Hong Kong Indonesia Kenya

Equatorial Guinea Georgia Iraq Kiribati

Eritrea Ghana Kyrgyzstan

Ethiopia Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Guyana


L M N P

Laos Macau Namibia Pakistan

Lesotho Madagascar Nepal Palau

Liberia Malaysia Niger Papua New Guinee

Malawi Nigeria Panama

Mali North Korea Paraguay

Mauritania Peru

Marshall Islands Philippines

Micronesia

Moldova

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar (Burma)


R S T

Russia São Tomé and Principe Tajikistan

Rwanda Senegal Tanzania

Sierra Leone Togo

Solomon Islands Turkmenistan

Somalia Thailand

South Africa Tuvalu

South Korea

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Swaziland


U V Z

Uganda Vanuatu Zambia

Ukraine Vietnam Zimbabwe

Uzbekistan


When you attend a TB test clinic they will take an x-ray of your chest which is used to assess if you have tuberculosis. If the result of the x-ray is unclear you may be asked to give a sputum sample (ask you to cough up phlegm from your lungs)


If the test shows you don't have TB, you will be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray. You will need to include the TB certificate in your application.


If your test determines you have or had TB (Tuberculosis) you will have to undertake appropriate treatment and demonstrate by another x-ray on completion of the treatment that you are now clear of TB. Once you are confirmed as clear you will receive a Test certificate confirming so.

 

Who needs a TB test for a UK Visa?


You do not need a TB Test for UK Visa if any of the following applies to you:


  • You are coming to the UK for less than 6 months

  • You're a diplomat accredited to the UK

  • You have been living in a country for at least 6 months where TB screening isn't required to enter the UK and you have been living away from the country requiring a TB test for more than 6 months

 


When do you need to take a test


You need to be tested if you live in any of the countries listed above and have lived there more than 6 months.


All children resident in any of the listed countries must see a clinician who will decide if they need a chest x-ray. Children under 11 years old normally do not have a x-ray taken. All children must attend a clinical appointment and complete a health questionnaire. Clinicians will decide if your child requires further testing or they will provide a certificate confirming they are clear of Tuberculosis


If you are pregnant they will perform an extra shield of protection for your unborn child you may also be offered a sputum test (ask you to cough up phlegm from your lungs).


 

When you don't need to take a test


If your country of residence is not listed above UKVI visa applicants do not need to take a TB test.


 





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