UNITED KINGDOM – Pre-Entry TB Screening Extended to Nine More Countries from 31 October 2013
The United Kingdom government has announced that, from 31 October 2013, pre-application tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for those travelling to the UK from Bolivia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay and Peru for more than six months.
Who has to undergo screening?
Residents of the above 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 exam, 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, the certificate should be carried in the holder's hand luggage, as an immigration officer may request to see it 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 sixty-seven countries with a high incidence of the disease.
- Ensure any applicant from the above countries intending to stay in the UK for more than six months undergoes pre-application TB screening at an approved clinic.
- Ensure that the application is made before the TB test certificate expires.