Do you need to provide a TB test?

Migrants need to provide a tuberculosis (TB) test if they are coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of the listed countries: https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk.

Individuals will need to attend one of the approved clinics for an chest x-ray: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tuberculosis-testing-home-office-approved-clinics. If the migrant’s lungs  show a normal outcome, the applicant will be given a certificate valid for a 6 months period from the date of x-ray.

Who does not need to provide a TB test?

If an individual is a diplomat, or a returning UK resident who has not been away for more than 2 years, or if the applicant has lived for at least 6 months in a TB test free country prior to submission, then there is no need to provide a TB test.

Children will be assessed by a clinician who will decide if they need a chest x-ray, normally children who under 11 years old do not need to have a TB test.

For pregnant women, they have the following options:

  • An x-ray with an extra shield to protect the migrant and her unborn child in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters;
  • A sputum test (phlegm coughed up from their lungs) – there may be an extra fee and the migrant could wait up to 8 weeks for results;
  • To wait until after delivery.

What do you need to bring to your TB appointment?

Individuals might need to take two official documents as proof of their identity, including their original valid passport. Migrants might also be required to provide two recent passport sized photos, payment and previous TB test/ medical records, if applicable.

How much do you need to pay?

TB test fees vary from country to country. There might be additional costs if further tests are required, for instance, a sputum test. Please note that the TB test fees are in addition to the UKVI application fees.

For those who are intending to travel to the UK with their family, the clinic should be able to organize screening of all family members on the same day.

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