The Himalayan Times (12.18.12)
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The British Embassy has mandated TB testing beginning January 2, 2013, for people from Nepal wishing to obtain United Kingdom visas of more than six months’ duration. Based on the World Health Organization’s high numbers for TB incidence, the UK government made this a requirement for 67 other countries in May of 2012. The British Embassy announced that all visa applicants for settlement, work visas (under Tiers 1, 2, and 5 of the points-based system), or student visas of longer than six months—including those under Tier 4—should be tested to ascertain that they are free of TB. The UK Border Agency has deemed two clinics in Nepal as acceptable for offering the TB screening tickets. The International Organization for Migration operates both of them: one in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, and the other in Damak, Jhapa. People applying for UK family, business, or tourism visas for six months or less will not be required to take a TB test.