Tuberculosis (TB) testing

Do I need to take a TB test before coming to the UK?

You will need to take a TB test if you are coming to the UK for more than six months and are resident in a listed country. You can only take a test approved by UKVI, as listed in the link.

If you don’t have TB then you will be given a certificate as proof which is valid for six months. This will need to be submitted with your visa application.

When will I not need a TB test certificate?

You won’t need to take a TB test if:

• You’re a diplomat accredited to the UK
• You’re a UK resident returning to from overseas and haven’t been away for more than two years
• You have lived in a country for at least six months where a TB test is not required and you’ve been away from that country for no more than six months

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