Tb X-Ray Needed For Ancestry Visa?
Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:17 AM
Just want to clarify something please...
My husband's Ancestry visa and my dependent visa were recently approved. We hope to travel to the UK at the end of this month. Will be need to have TB X-rays done? If yes, is it better to do them before we leave South Africa? What is the procedure in the UK if we land in Heathrow without them?
Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:24 AM
Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:16 AM
When I landed here in 2007 with my UK Ancestry Visa from South Africa the immigration officer at Heathrow informed me that in order to stamp me in for more than six month I would need to get the all clear from the airport doctor and that a TB Scan (chest x ray) would be required.
Luckily for me my wife (fiancée at the time) had worked for a travel company in South Africa and knew about the regulations, so both of us had chest x rays done in SA and timed it so that we could collect our chest x rays a day or two before we flew out and presented them to the airport doctor when required.
So, as a fellow Saffa speaking from my experience, I would advise
1. Definitely get X Rays done in SA and time them so that you can collect them 1 or 2 days before you board your plane.
2. Even though they are big, bulky and awkward, ensure you carry your X Rays on with you as hand luggage! Do not pack them in your hold luggage because when you are asked to present them to the airport doctor you would not yet have had a chance to collect your hold luggage (and immigration will not allow you to simply pop down to the baggage hall to collect your bags and X Rays).
3. Having your own X Ray's GREATLY speeds up your initial immigration processing; without them you would have to wait in the queue for the airport doctor to get around to you and give the all clear (a process that I hear is not uncommon to take many hours)
4. Make sure your names are clearly evident on your X Rays so that they can be easily paired up with the respected traveller.
5. You only need your x rays and all clear from the airport doctor the first time you enter - subsequent trips through passport control do not require them.
Hope you find this useful - the rules and procedures might have very well changed since then 2007 but this is what we went through.
Edited by DSykes, 13 January 2011 - 05:01 PM.
Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:48 AM
I guess perhaps we should just be safe and get them done before we leave
Posted 22 January 2011 - 02:54 PM
When you do finally arrive in the UK I wonder if you'd be kind enough to update this post, as to whether or not you had get TB clearance before getting through immigration.
Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:45 PM
Just wanted to update on this...we DID need TB X-rays at Heathrow.
We decided to get them before we left SA, and were asked for them on arrival. They looked at the reports that come with the X-rays, stamped our passports and then we were on our way. If we didn't have them, we'd have had to wait and queue to see the doctor at the airport.
Also, we were told by the nurse there (who looked at the reports) that our son, 13, did not need X-rays, as they are only required from age 16. I remember seeing in the guidelines somewhere that X-rays are needed for over 11s, but seems it's only from 16.
Hope this helps someone else out there!
Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:42 AM
Very useful, thanks.
We arrived last week and did NOT need xrays.
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