Today, 17 December 2012, UKBA announced that tuberculosis testing requirements will form part of the visa application process in Malaysia for people planning to come to the UK for more than 6 months from 31 December 2012. To read UKBA’s official announcement, please click here. For further information about the TB requirements in Malaysia, please click here.
In a nutshell, from 31st December, if you are resident in Malaysia and would like to apply for a visa to come to the UK for more than 6 months you must be tested at an approved clinic and be free from tuberculosis before you apply for a visa.
If you are coming to the UK for less than 6 months you do not need to be tested for tuberculosis. This includes people applying for 2, 5 and 10 year visitor visas, because the maximum stay in the UK at any one time is still 6 months.