TB Tests in India – children

The UK Border Agency has recently changed its guidance for Tuberculosis (TB) testing in India. Previously, children under 11 did not need to be tested for TB but were required to provide a health certificate confirming that they did not display any TB symptoms.  The UKBA now requires that all children must be tested for TB, regardless of age.

A child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the testing clinic.

The child will also be required to take his/her passport as proof of identification.

Readers will be aware that to book an appointment, applicants must contact one of the UKBA approved clinics directly. If the test shows that an individual does not have infectious TB, the clinic will issue a certificate which must be submitted with the visa application form. The certificate is usually valid for 6 months.