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Overview

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 any of these listed countries.

You’ll be given 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.

Countries where you need a TB test to enter the UK

You must be tested at a clinic that has been approved by the Home Office.

Some countries don’t have approved testing centres so you’ll need to get tested in a neighbouring country.

Clinics and guidance

A

Afghanistan

Algeria

Angola

Armenia

Azerbaijan

B

Bangladesh

Belarus

Benin (get tested in Nigeria)

Bhutan

Bolivia

Botswana

Brunei

Burma

Burkina Faso (get tested in Ghana)

Burundi (get tested in Rwanda)

C

Cambodia

Cape Verde (get tested in Gambia or Senegal)

Central African Republic (get tested in Cameroon)

Chad (get tested in Cameroon)

Cameroon

China

Congo (get tested in Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Côte d’Ivoire (get tested in Ghana)

D

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti (get tested in Ethiopia)

Dominican Republic

E

East Timor (get tested in Indonesia)

Ecuador

Equatorial Guinea (get tested in Ghana)

Eritrea (get tested in Kenya)

Ethiopia

G

Gabon (get tested in Cameroon)

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Guatemala

Guinea (get tested in Sierra Leone)

Guinea Bissau (get tested in Gambia or Senegal)

Guyana

H

Haiti

Hong Kong

I

India

Indonesia

Iraq

K

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati (get tested in Fiji)

Kyrgyzstan (get tested in Kazakhstan)

L

Laos (get tested in Thailand)

Lesotho (get tested in South Africa)

Liberia (get tested in Ghana)

M

Macau (get tested in Hong Kong)

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali (get tested in Gambia or Senegal)

Marshall Islands (get tested in Fiji)

Mauritania (get tested in Morocco)

Micronesia (get tested in Fiji)

Moldova

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

N

Namibia

Nepal

Niger (get tested in Ghana)

Nigeria

North Korea

P

Pakistan

Palau (get tested in Philippines)

Papua New Guinea

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

R

Russia

Rwanda

S

São Tomé and Principe (get tested in Angola)

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands (get tested in Papua New Guinea)

Somalia (get tested in Kenya)

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan (get tested in Kenya)

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname (get tested in Guyana)

Swaziland (get tested in South Africa)

T

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Togo (get tested in Ghana)

Thailand

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu (get tested in Fiji)

U

Uganda

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

V

Vanuatu (get tested in Fiji)

Vietnam

Z

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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