Press release

TB test for Cameroonians applying for long-term UK visas

The requirement for pre-entry TB screening begins from 30 October 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The Home Office has announced the arrangements for the introduction of pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening in Cameroon starting on 30 October 2013.

This follows the UK Government’s announcement in May 2012 that it would be extending this requirement to an additional 67 countries, including Cameroon, based on the figures for high TB incidence provided by the World Health Organisation.

This brings the UK into line with the practice of a number of other countries including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Further details can be found in the news article published on the Home Office’s UK visa websitefor Cameroon

Pre-entry TB screening is not required for those going to the UK as a tourist or other type of visitor, except for those applying for a fiancé visa. It will be required for all individuals in Cameroon who are applying for a UK visa which is longer than 6 months including those applying for a Tier 4 student visa. The process will require individuals to be screened and obtain a certificate from International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Cameroon to show that they are free of TB before they make a UK visa application. They will need to include the TB certificate with their visa application.

The requirement for pre-entry TB screening will begin from 30 October 2013. Applicants who require pre-entry TB screening should contact the IOM in Yaounde. A 100 US Dollar fee is payable for each applicant aged above 11 and 40 US Dollars for each applicant below 11years. No appointments will be available until 30 October 2013.

Further details of the approved IOM partner Health Centre facilities available in Yaounde are on the Home Office’s UK visa website for Cameroon.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. On 21 May 2012, the UK government announced plans to extend pre-entry TB screening to a further 67 countries, including Cameroon. Further background is contained in our press release of http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2012/may/42-tb-test

  2. Further information about requirements for pre-entry TB screening in Cameroon, including the IOM partner Health Centres and frequently asked questions, is available on the Home Office’s UK visawebsite for Cameroon.

  3. To schedule your TB screening, please call the IOM office in Yaounde at office telephone number +237 22 20 32 78 or send an e-mail to mnganou@iom.int

Published 11 November 2013