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UNITED KINGDOM: Roll-Out of TB Testing for Visa Applicants in Malaysia, Nepal, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Tuberculosis (TB) testing requirements now form part of the visa application process for people planning to come to the UK for more than six months, as of December 31, 2012. This follows the UK government's announcement in May 2012 of tuberculosis testing as a requirement of the visa application process for certain countries. The UKBA already rolled out pre-entry TB screening in India beginning on August 16, 2012.

Visa applicants in Malaysia now need to undergo pre-entry TB screening and obtain a certificate verifying that they are not infected with TB before they can obtain a visa to enter the UK for more than six months. Testing will not be required for those traveling to the UK for less than six months; for example, for short-term business or tourism. Only UKBA-approved clinics may carry out the screening.

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Nepal is also one of the 67 countries that has a high incidence of TB, according to the World Health Organization. Pre-entry screening is being introduced there on January 2, 2012, for visa applicants wishing to travel to the UK for more than six months.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TESTING PROCESS, REQUIREMENTS AND APPROVED CLINICS IN NEPAL

South Africa and Zimbabwe are the latest to be added to the list of countries where compulsory tuberculosis testing of visa applicants will take place for those applying to come to the UK for more than six months. South Africa and Zimbabwe have been identified by the World Health Organization as one of the 67 countries with a high incidence of the disease. The testing will need to take place at an approved test center.

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