One of the most frequently asked questions is whether the TB-testing is required for the UK visitor visa. Fortunately, there is no TB-testing requirement for this type of visa. As the maximum stay for all the visitor visas, including the long-term visit visas are a maximum of 6 months at a time, there is not a TB testing requirement.
South Africans coming to the UK are often unsure about whether they need to get tested for tuberculosis (TB) beforehand. BIC has subsequently compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide some clarity on the issue.
Who has to test for TB?
If you are coming to the UK from South Africa, Lesotho or Swaziland for more than six months, you have to get tested for TB. South Africans going to the UK on a visitor visa do not have to get tested for TB.
Where can I get tested?
It is extremely important that a person only get tested at a clinic approved by the UK Home Office, as they will not accept a TB test from any other clinic or medical practitioner.
There are three such approved test centres in South Africa in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Please contact our offices for more information in this regard.
What about children?
There is a differentiation between children 11 years and older and those younger than 11 years.
If a child is 11 years and older, and applying for a UK visa for a period of longer than six months, then the child must be tested for TB.
However, children younger than 11 years must also attend the appointment at the clinic with their parents. The clinician will then, based upon a questionnaire, decide whether the child needs to take the test or not. If the child is not tested, the clinician will issue a certificate to this effect, which must be submitted together with the UK visa application.
If you are free from TB you will be issued with a certificate to this effect, which must then be submitted together with the UK visa application. The certificate will be valid for six months.
If you test positive for TB, you will not be issued with a certificate and you will be given advice about treatment and a referral letter. You will not be able to apply for a UK visa until you can show that you are TB free, and have a certificate to this effect.
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