South Africa and Zimbabwe: pre-entry TB screening for UK visas to start 31-12-2013

From 31 December 2012, if you are resident in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland or Zimbabwe, and are applying 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 complete an online visa application form and pay the visa application fee before 31 December 2012 you will not need to take a tuberculosis test. Online applications submitted and paid for after this date will be subject to tuberculosis testing requirements.

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.

UKBA’s announcement to introduce TB testing in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe follows the UK government’s announcement in May 2012, to introduce tuberculosis testing as a requirement of the visa application process for certain countries.

To read UKBA’s official announcement, and to get further details about the testing requirements, please click here for South Africa, and here for Zimbabwe.

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