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Wed Jul 08 06:24:22 SAST 2015

UK wants South Africans seeking visas tested for TB

Sapa | 22 December, 2012 12:38
Mycobacterium tuberculosis Ziehl-Neelsen stain. The bacteria has been stained red to show up against the blue tissue.
Image by: CDC

From 2013, South Africans seeking visas for the UK for stays of longer than six months will need to undergo tuberculosis tests.

According to the UK Border Agency web site, this follows the UK government's announcement in May to introduce tuberculosis testing as a requirement of the visa application process for certain countries, Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday.

"South Africa is one of the 67 countries, who according to the World Health Organisation have a high incidence of tuberculosis."

It said applicants who submit an online visa application form and pay the visa application fee online before 31 December 2012 would not need to take a tuberculosis test.

Beeld reported that this requirement also affects citizens of Swaziland and Lesotho.

Applicants would have to carry the costs of the tests, which involve x-rays to the chest.

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