Regular short-stay tourist and business visa applicants will not be affected.
While tourists and other short-stay visitors will be completely unaffected, from 20 April 2014 pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening clearance will be required for all individuals applying in Burma for UK long-stay visas of longer than six months. .
The UK Government announced in May 2012 that it would be extending the pre-entry TB screening requirement to long-term visa applicants from an additional 67 countries including Burma. This decision was based on the data for high TB incidence provided by the World Health Organisation. This brings the UK into line with several other countries including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The change will come into effect for applications submitted from 20 April 2014.
Who needs to be tested for TB?
Pre-entry TB screening will only be required for individuals applying in Burma for long-term UK visas of longer than 6 months. This includes anyone applying for an employment, student or settlement visa.
Business and other short-stay visitors- including tourists and people visiting their families- will not require pre-entry TB screening. This includes people applying for 2, 5 and 10 year visitor visas, because the maximum stay in the UK at any one time is still 6 months.
Approved TB pre-entry screening clinics in Burma
Applicants requiring pre-entry screening must obtain a certificate from a clinic approved by the UK Government. In Burma, the only approved clinic is IOM Health Assessment Clinic (details below). Individuals requiring screening must obtain a valid certificate before applying for their visa. The TB screening certificate must be submitted with your visa application at the British Embassy. A fee for the screening will be payable directly to the clinic. The current fee is 120,000 kyat for adults, and 50,000 kyat for children under 11 years old.
Approved clinic in Burma for TB pre-screening:
IOM Health Assessment Clinic
Pun Hlaing Hospital – Level 1
Pun Hlaing Golf Estate Avenue
Hlaing Thar Yar Township
For appointments please contact: 01210588
Where to find more information
The TB page Tuberculosis tests for visa applicants (www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa) provides more general information, including information on those who are exempt from testing. Tuberculosis testing in Burma (www.gov.uk/government/publications/tuberculosis-test-for-a-uk-visa-clinic-in-burma/tuberculosis-testing-in-burma) provides additional specific information about the TB testing process in Burma.
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