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Tuberculosis testing requirement for UK visas from 31 December 2013

From 31 December 2013, if you are resident in Tajikistan and would like to apply for a visa to come to the UK for more than six months you must be tested at an approved clinic and be free from tuberculosis (TB) before you are eligible for a visa.

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

Tuberculosis testing in Tajikistan
Tuberculosis testing in Tajikistan

This follows the UK Government’s announcement in May 2012 that it would be extending this requirement to an additional 67 countries, including Tajikistan, 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 website for Tajikistan

Pre-entry TB screening is not required if you are going to the UK as a tourist or other type of visitor, except if you are applying for a fiancé/fiancée visa. Screening will be required if you are applying for a UK visa with a stay of longer than six months, including applications for a Tier 4 student visa. The process will require you to be screened and obtain a certificate from a Home Office approved Health Centre in Kazakhstan to show that you are free of TB before you make a UK visa application. You will need to include the TB certificate with your visa application.

The requirement for pre-entry TB screening will begin from 31 December 2013.

Applicants who require pre-entry TB screening should contact the approved clinic to schedule an appointment for screening. A fee for the screening will be payable directly to the clinic. No appointments should be made prior to 31 December.

Further details of the approved Health Centre facilities available in Tajikistan are on the Office’s Tuberculosis testing in Tajikistan page.

Published 30 December 2013