Guyanese applying for long-term UK visas must undergo TB test

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:00 by GxMedia

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The United Kingdom’s (UK) Home Office on Thursday announced the arrangements for the introduction of pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening in Guyana starting on 31 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 Guyana, 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 Guyana at

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 Guyana 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 a Home Office approved Health Centre in Guyana 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 31 October 2013.

Applicants who require pre-entry TB screening should contact an approved clinic directly.   A fee is payable for the screening. No appointments should be booked prior to 31 October 2013.

Further details of the approved Health Centre facilities available in Guyana are on the Home Office’s UK visa website for Guyana at