Who requires a TB Test for a UK Visa?
Helpful insight into "Tuberculosis" test: When you will need it on an immigration application
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
Burkina Faso Côte d’Ivoire
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
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
Marshall Islands Philippines
R S T
Russia São Tomé and Principe Tajikistan
Rwanda Senegal Tanzania
Sierra Leone Togo
Solomon Islands Turkmenistan
South Africa Tuvalu
U V Z
Uganda Vanuatu Zambia
Ukraine Vietnam Zimbabwe
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.