Following on from our news last month, the Home Office today announced yet a further amendments to the immigration rules in respect of Tuberculosis Screening. Previously, nationals of China, Hong Kong and Macau were not required to be screened unless they wished to enter the UK for more than 6 months and for settlement purposes only.
However, the new changes will now see nationals from these countries having to produce a Tuberculosis Screening certificate from an approved screening clinic prior to being approved for entry for more than 6 months, whatever the purpose of their travel into the UK.
The Home Office will also be adding the following countries to the list of specified countries requiring tuberculosis screening: Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Cape Verdi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic of, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea, Korea Democratic Republic of, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Vanuatu.
The changes will take effect from 31 December 2013 and for further information in this respect please contact us on 0207 0012121.