Timetable for rollout of pre-entry tuberculosis testing in India announced

On 8 August, UKBA announced the timetable for rollout of pre-entry TB testing in India

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08 August 2012

The timetable and arrangements for the rollout of the pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening programme in India has been announced. This follows the UK government’s announcement in May 2012 that India was amongst 67 countries to which pre-entry TB screening would be extended on the basis of World Health Organisation figures of high TB incidence.

Rollout dates

There will be a gradual rollout of pre-entry TB screening requirements in India, beginning with UK settlement visa applications from 16 August 2012.

The screening requirement will be extended to applications for work visas (Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the points-based system) from 10 September 2012 and student visas (Tier 4) from 1 November 2012.

If you want to travel to the UK for longer than 6 months you must be screened and obtain a certificate from an approved clinic to show that you are free of TB before you make a UK visa application in the categories listed above. The UK Border Agency has set up a wide network of approved clinicians in India.

There will be a fee of Rs 1500 for the diagnostic tests. The certificate will usually be valid for 6 months. If you are tested positive for TB you will be referred for treatment. You will not be permitted to travel to the UK until you have been tested as being free of TB, including following successful treatment.

Travelling to the UK for 6 months or less

Pre-entry TB screening is only required if you are travelling to the UK for more than 6 months. If you are travelling to the UK for 6 months or less, for example on business, family or tourism visitor visas, you are not required to undergo pre-entry TB screening

For more information about pre-entry TB screening, please see the frequently asked questions document.

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