Tuberculosis screening in Ethiopia, Uganda and Vietnam

Residents from Ethiopia, Uganda and Vietnam hoping to come to the UK for longer than 6 months will now have to be tested for tuberculosis before they will be granted a visa.

All applications will be subject to the TB testing requirements. This means that you must be tested at an approved clinic and submit a certificate declaring you free from TB with your application. You do not need a TB test if you are travelling to the UK for less than six months, unless you are applying for a six-month fiancé visa.

Details of the requirements, including the details of approved clinics, are available from the UKBA website as follows:

  • Ethiopia: Applies to applications received after 30 June 2013, at the application centre in Addis Ababa. More details on the Tuberculosis testing in Ethiopia page of the UKBA website.
  • Uganda: Applies to applications received after 30 June 2013, at the application centre in Kampala. More details on the Tuberculosis testing in Uganda page of the UKBA website.
  • Vietnam: Applies to applications received after 30 June 2013, at the application centres in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. More details on the Tuberculosis testing in Vietnam page of the UKBA website.

The TB screening programme is being expanded following a successful pilot in 2012. It has been expanded to the Philippines because it is one of 67 countries identified by the World Health Organisation as having a high incidence of the disease.


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