The Hindu (Chennai) (08.13.12)
Aids Weekly Plus
The United Kingdom has announced new TB testing requirements for visitors from India, effective Aug. 16. “If you want to travel to the UK for more than six months, you must be screened and obtain a certificate from an approved clinic to show that you are free of TB before you make a UK visa application in the categories listed above. The UK Border Agency has set up a wide network of approved clinicians in India,” the UK Home Office said. Screening will not be required for those staying six months or less. The screening fee of 1,500 rupees (US $27) will be paid by the applicant. The announcement noted that the requirement will cover certain work-visa applications from Sept. 10, and certain student-visa applications from Nov. 1. In May, the UK said it would extend its pre-entry TB testing program to India and 66 other nations cited by the World Health Organization as having a high burden of TB.