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Do you need a TB testing?

30 May 2014

The tuberculosis test is a requirement that some applicants must satisfy while applying for an Entry Clearance visa for a period longer than 6 months prior to their arrival to the United Kingdom.

Many of the countries outside of the European Union such as China and Russia are included on the list. The applicants have to attend a clinic specifically approved by the UK authorities in their country of origin.

The requirement also applies to children, nationals of the countries in question. Children under the age of 11 have to attend the clinic with their parents/guardians. Based on the answers provided to a medical questionnaire, the clinician will decide whether a chest x-ray screening will be required for the child.

However, in some cases the applicants are exempt from the TB test; returning residents who were not absent from the UK for more than 2 years, diplomats accredited to the UK, applicants with right to abode in the UK and finally those applying for an EEA family permit are not required to undergo the test. The EEA family permit is initially issued for a period of 6 months which explains the exemption from the TB test.

If you are considering applying for a UK visa and have questions in regards to the requirements, please contact us on + 44 (0) 20 3384 3075 or via email: info@migraco.com.


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.