For many who approach the UK visa process, the discovery that a TB test is mandatory comes as a bit of a surprise.

For all individuals applying for 6 month or longer visas, a TB test is required.

Not all nationalities need to apply, but in Southern Africa this applies to residents from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Only 3 clinics in Southern Africa have been identified and approved by the UK Home Office, and these are located in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. A TB test done by any other clinic will not be accepted by the Home Office and applicants will need to have it redone at the approved clinics.

Unfortunately, these tests are not cheap either – the current fees for the TB test screening are R1800 for an adult and R800 for children under the age of 11.

The TB screening is done in the form of a chest X-ray.

If the screening result is not clear, you may be asked for a sputum sample for further testing. If your screening result is negative, you will be given a certificate signed by the approved doctor and this is valid for 6 months. You will need to hand this certificate in with your visa application.

Children under the age of 11 are still required to attend the appointment, but are usually considered too young to be given X-rays, and are then checked by the doctor. Should the doctor have any doubts for whatever reason, he may then ask for an X-ray. Your child will also receive a certificate that needs to be included with their UK visa application.

If your screening results are positive for TB, you will not be allowed to apply for a UK visa until you can prove that you are TB-free and can show this with a signed certificate from the approved clinics.

If you need any help with your TB test and application, contact Robyn Lamb today.

You can email her on and she will be more than happy to assist with any questions.