Tuberculosis testing requirements introduced across Asia from 1 July 2013

Visa applicants in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Macau will have to be screened for tuberculosis (TB) with effect from 1 July 2013. The new requirement is part of the UKBA's growing TB screening programme.

For all applications submitted on or after 1 July 2013 applicants intending on coming to the UK for more than 6 months, or to settle permanently, must be tested for TB as part of their application. The results of your test must be provided when you submit your application at the local visa application centre.

The requirements apply as follows:

  • China: If you are applying for a settlement visa as a spouse, partner, fiancé(e) or proposed partner, armed forces dependant, a child or adopted child dependant, a parent, grandparent or other dependant relative. Details of the testing requirement can be found on the Tuberculosis testing in China page of the UKBA website.
  • Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR: If you are applying for a settlement visa as a spouse, partner, fiancé(e) or proposed partner, armed forces dependant, a child or adopted child dependant, a parent, grandparent or other dependant relative. Details of the testing requirement can be found on the Tuberculosis testing in Hong Kong page of the UKBA website.
  • Indonesia: If you are applying to come to the UK for longer than 6 months. Details of the testing requirement can be found on the Tuberculosis testing in Indonesia page of the UKBA website.

You do not need to submit a TB test if you are applying for a short visit from Indonesia, or for any non-settlement visa category from the other countries.


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