UK Border Agency has announced that tuberculosis testing requirements will form part of the visa application process for people planning to come to the UK for more than six months from 31st December 2012.
This follows the UK government's announcement in May 2012, to introduce tuberculosis testing as a requirement of the visa application process for certain countries. South Africa is one of the 67 countries, who according to the World Health Organisation have a high incidence of tuberculosis.
Applicants who submit an online visa application form and pay the visa application fee online before 31st December 2012 will not need to take a tuberculosis test.
Applications submitted and paid for on or after this date will be subject to tuberculosis testing requirements.
You do not need a tuberculosis test if you plan on travelling to the UK for less than six months, for example on business or for tourism.
For detailed information about the testing process and requirements, see the UKBA’s TB testing page.