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
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.
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
Benin (get tested in Nigeria)
Burkina Faso (get tested in Ghana)
Burundi (get tested in Rwanda)
Central African Republic (get tested in Cameroon)
Chad (get tested in Cameroon)
Congo (get tested in Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Côte d’Ivoire (get tested in Ghana)
Djibouti (get tested in Ethiopia)
East Timor (get tested in Indonesia)
Equatorial Guinea (get tested in Ghana)
Eritrea (get tested in Kenya)
Gabon (get tested in Cameroon)
Guinea (get tested in Sierra Leone)
Kiribati (get tested in Fiji)
Kyrgyzstan (get tested in Kazakhstan)
Laos (get tested in Thailand)
Lesotho (get tested in South Africa)
Liberia (get tested in Ghana)
Macau (get tested in Hong Kong)
Marshall Islands (get tested in Fiji)
Mauritania (get tested in Morocco)
Micronesia (get tested in Fiji)
Niger (get tested in Ghana)
Palau (get tested in Philippines)
São Tomé and Principe (get tested in Angola)
Solomon Islands (get tested in Papua New Guinea)
Somalia (get tested in Kenya)
South Sudan (get tested in Kenya)
Suriname (get tested in Guyana)
Swaziland (get tested in South Africa)
Togo (get tested in Ghana)
Tuvalu (get tested in Fiji)
Vanuatu (get tested in Fiji)