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Tuberculosis tests for Visa Applicants

You’ll need to have a Tuberculosis (TB) test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in some countries.

The process requires you to provide a chest X-Ray to test for TB. If the result of the X-Ray isn’t clear you may also be asked to give a sputum sample (phlegm coughed up from your lungs).

If your test shows that you don’t have TB, you’ll be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your X-Ray. Include this certificate with your UK visa application.

Who doesn’t need to be tested

You won’t need a TB test if any of the following apply:

  • you’re a diplomat accredited to the UK

  • you’re a returning UK resident and haven’t been away for more than 2 years

  • you lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you’ve been away from that country for no more than 6 months

Children

All children must see a clinician who’ll decide if they need a chest X-Ray. Children under 11 will not normally have a chest x-ray.

You must take your child to an approved clinic and complete a health questionnaire. If the clinician decides your child doesn’t have TB they’ll give you a certificate. Include this certificate with your child’s UK visa application.

Pregnant women

You can choose:

  • an x-ray with an extra shield to protect you and your unborn child in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters

  • a sputum test (phlegm coughed up from your lungs) - there may be an extra fee and you could wait up to 8 weeks for results

  • to wait until after delivery

If you don’t want to be tested you can use an X-Ray taken within the last 3 months at a UK-approved screening clinic. Ask a clinician at an approved clinic to review your X-Ray. If it’s accepted the clinician will give you a certificate to send with your UK visa application.

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