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Tuberculosis testing for UK visa applicants in Nigeria (DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW)


Who needs to be tested?

If you are resident in Nigeria and would like to apply for a visa to travel to the UK for more than 6 months from 31 December 2013 you must be tested at an approved clinic and be free from tuberculosis before you apply for a visa.

If you are not resident in Nigeria but have elected to apply for a visa from Nigeria, you will also need to be tested if you wish to travel to the UK for more than 6 months.


You should contact the approved clinics below to book an appointment. You should make it clear that you need the test for a UK visa application. You can expect to get an appointment within a few days of your request. 

At busy times you may have to wait 10 days for an appointment, especially during the UK student visa peak season between June and September
 

Approved test clinics:


Abuja

International Organization For Migration (IOM)
Migration Health Assessment Centre
No. 55 Hassan Musa Katsina Road (at the junction of Hassan Musa Katsina Road and J-K Gadzama Street)
Asokoro, Abuja

Telephone: +234 (0) 09 460 58400, +234 (0) 01 465 6600
Mobile:+234 (0) 809 563 7898, +234 (0) 0808 522 1427, +234 (0) 0703 289 8491

Email: iomabujamedicalbooking@iom.int

Hours: 
Monday to Thursday: 8am to 5:30pm
Friday: 8am to 12pm
Closed on national and IOM holidays.

Test fees: 
Payment must be made prior to the medical examination in US dollars or NAIRA. TB screening is 150 US dollars for people aged 11 years and above and 60 US dollars for people aged 10 years and below

Payment:
Abuja, Nigeria
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank
Account name: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Account number: 0001847002
Sort code: 068080017




Lagos

International Organization For Migration (IOM)
Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC)
No. 1 Isaac John Street (at the corner of Isaac John Street and Oduduwa Way)
G.R.A. Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria


Telephone: +234(0) 01 465 6600, +234(0) 09 460 58400
Mobile: +234 (0) 8022264059, +234 (0) 09 092156079, +234 (0) 09 099991256

Email: iomlagosmedicalbooking@iom.int

Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 7am to 4:30pm
Friday: 7am to 11am
Closed on national and IOM holidays.

Test fees:
Payment must be made prior to the medical examination in US dollars or NAIRA. TB screening is 150 US dollars for people aged 11 years and above and 60 US dollars for people aged 10 and below

Payment:
Lagos, Nigeria
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank
Account name: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Account number: 0001855256
Sort code: 068080017



Q-Life Family Clinic
Plot 155a Prince Ade Odedina Street
Off Sinari Daranijo Street
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Telephone: +234 8099742000, +234 8113975433

Email: ukmedicals@qlifefamilyclinic.com , customercare@qlifefamilyclinic.com

Website: https://www.qlifefamilyclinic.com

Hours: 
Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm
Saturday and public holidays: 8am to 4pm
Sunday: closed

Test fees:
TB screening is N46,500 for people aged 11 years and above and N20,000 for people aged 10 years and below. 

Details of payment channels will be provided when appointments for the examinations are made



St. Nicholas Hospital
57 Campbell Street
Lagos Island, Lagos State, Nigeria

Telephone: +234 80 2290 8484, +234 127 19690

Email: ukvitbscreening@saintnicholashospital.com

Website: www.saintnicholashospital.com

Hours: 
Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 2pm

Test fees:
TB screening is N60,000 for people aged 11 years and above and N30,000 for people aged 10 years and below

Payment: payment will be made online through the website or via the below details:
Bank: Union Bank of Nigeria
Account name: St. Nicholas Hospital Limited
Account number: 0062451522
Sort code: 032154131




The Consultants Practice
25 Raymond Njoku Street
Off Awolowo road
Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

Telephone: +2348093540899, +2347065859845, +23416328661

Email: admin@consultantspractice.com

Website: https://www.consultantspractice.com

Test fees:
Screening fee is determined by the clinic; you will pay the clinic directly for the cost of your TB test. The cost of the test is in addition to the visa application fee. The test fee does not cover treatment if you have TB

Payment:
Bank: Guaranty Trust Bank
Account name: The Consultants Practice
Account number: 0106679587 USD
0112714630 Naira
Sort code: 058152081



What you should bring with you

  • proof of identification, which contains your photograph, preferably your passport;
  • a photocopy of your identification
  • proof of payment of test fee
  • UNHCR/MHA registration documents if you are a refugee applicant; and
  • if you have had tuberculosis in the past or have any other lung disease you should provide details of your previous screening and, if possible, your medical notes and x-ray results.
If you would like an appointment with a female clinician, please inform the clinic when you schedule your appointment.

If you need to cancel your appointment you should contact the clinic and refer to their cancellation policy and procedure.

What does the test involve?

You will be given a chest x-ray. You may need to remove your clothes from your top half for the x-ray. You will be given a gown to protect your modesty.

How long does the test take?

You should allow up to 24 hours for the whole process, which includes administration, taking the x-ray, analysis of the test results and receiving your TB certificate.

If the x-ray is inconclusive, you may be asked to give a sputum sample (phlegm coughed up from your lungs). There will be no additional fee for a sputum test and results can take up to 2 months to process.

Test fees

The fee for tuberculosis screening is 150 US Dollars (or its equivalent in Naira)
11 years and above and 60 US Dollars for below 11 years.

The fee will be payable in local currency at the prevailing exchange rate advised by the IOM. You will pay the IOM directly for the cost of your tuberculosis test.  The cost of the test is in addition to the visa application fee. (click here for HOW TO PAY IOM TUBERCULOSIS TEST FEE)

The test fee does not cover treatment if you have tuberculosis.

Getting your results

If you have the standard test your results and certificate should be available within 24 hours if the chest x-ray is normal and no TB investigation is required.  If the test results are inconclusive you may be required to take a sputum test (phlegm coughed up from your lungs). The results from this test can take up to 2 months to process. If you do not have tuberculosis you will be given a certificate, which you should submit with your visa application.  The certificate is usually valid for 6 months.

You will not be issued with a certificate if you have been diagnosed with tuberculosis. The clinician will give you advice about treatment and provide you with a treatment referral letter. Treatment can take up to 6 months to complete. You will not be able to apply for a UK visa until you can show you have had treatment for tuberculosis and you are free from the disease.

In relation to your visa application, the clinician will be specifically looking for evidence of tuberculosis.  You will be informed if any other abnormalities have shown up on the x-ray. You will be advised to contact your doctor for further tests.



Who does not need to be tested?

  • Applicants in the following categories are exempt from the tuberculosis test requirement:
    diplomats accredited to the UK;
  • returning residents (unless they have been absent from the UK for more than 2 years);
  • Certificate of entitlement holders (right of abode in the UK); and
  • children under 11 years old (unless deemed necessary by a clinician).


Pregnant women

If you are pregnant you have the option of having one of the following tests:
an x-ray with an extra protective shield that will protect both you and your unborn child, or
a sputum test (phlegm coughed up from your lungs). There may be an additional fee for a sputum test and results can take up to 8 weeks to process.

Alternatively you may wish to delay the test until you have had your baby.
 


Test certificate and validity

Your test certificate will be returned to you, along with your other documents, when a decision have been made on your visa application. If you are issued a visa you should bring your test certificate (or a photocopy) with you in your hand luggage when you travel to the UK and be prepared to show it to the immigration officer on arrival.

Your tuberculosis test certificate will be valid for 6 months. You may be given a certificate that is valid for 3 months if you have shared a closed environment or household for a prolonged period with someone with tuberculosis.

Test certificates from other countries 

Tuberculosis test certificates used for visa applications for other countries such as Australia cannot be used for your UK visa application, even if it was conducted at the same clinic. You must to be screened specifically for UK Visas and Immigration visa requirements.
 

Your visa application

You will need to submit your test certificate with your visa application and supporting documents. You cannot send your test certificate to us after you have submitted your application. Information on the visa application process and the required documents can be found on this website.

74 comments:

  1. pls which bank are we suppose to deposit the test fee ?

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    1. It is Citibank

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    2. Payment details as at August 2015:

      Name of Bank: Standard Chartered Bank
      Account name: International Organization for Migration
      Bank Account: 0001847002
      Sort Code: 068080017

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  2. What if there is any abnormality on the x ray that was conducted and you were issued a certificate dat same day without any pulmonary active Tb.are free to apply..pls I need urgent and .tnks

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    1. So far you are certified free of TB you are free to apply.

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  3. Anonymous
    If the sputum result is negative, is it possible to issue the certificate before the stipulated eight weeks. Pls advise

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    1. Only certified Doctors and test centres determines issuance of the certificate.

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  4. Hello, what if there is a letter ommited from your university address name on your tb test certificate. Will that affect visa chances?

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  5. Pls if I am renewing my visiting visa from 6months to 2 years do I need to do the tb test despite that I only wish to visit for 10 weeks in the uk

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    1. No, you do not need TB test for visit visas.

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  6. Please I have been in the UK for 2 years and I am coming back to Nigeria to apply for a new student visa, I did the TB test in 2014 and the certificate expired in 2015. Will I have to take a new Test?

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    1. Yes, you are required to take a new TB test.

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  7. Can you please confirm the price in naira? Thanks.

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  8. Please how can i book an online appointment.

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  9. I just booked for the test and there is an error on my passport ID, also I wanted Lagos assessment centre but Abuja is there
    Have sent mail but no reply
    Who can I contact about this

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  10. Please how do I book my tb test, I urgently need it.

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  11. Please can someone make a bank transfer from one bank to the iom account if yes please I need response thanks

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  12. Please what do they mean by UNHCR registration document/Alien card

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  13. HELLO, Please I checked online to book for an appointment, but the earliest date is september, and i need to get my CAS before then to apply, school resumes in september too, I need ample time for the visa application, how do I go about this please?

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  14. Good day pls I have been trying to book an appointment for Lagos office but it's not going through and the icon for next available date isn't clicking, how do I go about this

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  15. Can a baby of 6month old be tested.

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  16. Good evening my name is Afolabi sofiat Arinola from Lagos I just my tuberculosis certificate today at the IOM centre the one at Isaac john it was when I got home I realised I made a mistake while filling the UK address, the correct address number is 71 the one on the certificate is 17 please how do I go about it. Thank you

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  17. My Tb test will expire by the 20th of August and my biometric is this week . Do I need to get a new Tuberculosis test done

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  18. Please I have a date for 19 October and I want to change it for November 15. How can I do this

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  19. Is there a place i can do the test in anambra state

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  20. When one is referred to have an appointment with the respiratory specialist does it means he/she has TB or just to see the specialist is part of the exercise to issue the results/certificate

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  21. Hello, I tried booking an appointment last week and sent IOM an email,was told that I will get a response in 2days.but I haven't gotten any but I have made payment for the TBtest for myself and my daughter.its been over 2 days of payment ,can I go ahead to the test centre or wait till I have an appointment?

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  22. While making online appointment, I got stuck at the 'visa type'. I don't know if I should fill work, or settlement and dependants, because I sat for the general ukvi during the IELTS test?

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  23. Can i apply for another TB Test even when the last one i did is suppose to expire by 10th of April, 2023 as requested by the School

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  24. How do make a request for a female radiographer to check me as a Muslim female using the Hijab ?

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    1. You can make a request for a female radiographer by contacting the approved clinic of your choice through their phone number, email or website prior to making payments

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  25. Pls how much is the test in Naira is it up to N60,000

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    1. It is N60k at St Nicholas Hospital, N46,500 at Q-Life Family Clinic and $150 US at the IOM

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  26. How do I renew my TB test certificate that expired just a few days ago?

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    1. Contact any of the approved clinic listed above

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  27. Pls can I reshedue my tb test appointment even if have paid

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  28. Please I have been trying to book an appointment for Tb test and my destination is United kingdom, but it does not show on IOM page.
    Thank you very much.

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  29. Pls, does iom opens on public holidays

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  30. As the main applicant,my TB test certificate came out with abnormality in the X-ray, please can i go ahead with Visa application , i hope it will not affect UKVI’s decision , lastly do i need to get doctor’s report as additional documents after being treated for whatever abnormality it is . Thank you

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  31. Good morning ma.
    As the dependent to the applicant,
    My TB test certificate came out with abnormality in the X-ray, please can i go ahead with Visa application , i hope it will not affect UKVI’s decision , lastly do i need to get doctor’s report as additional documents after being treated for whatever abnormality it is . Thank you

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  32. My TB test certificate came out with abnormality in the x-ray without TB though, hope it won't affect my visa processing but I was told no record of TB just need some extra medical check up

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  33. Does iom opens on Saturday

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    1. Nope. They only open on Mondays to Thursday from 7:30am to 4pm and 8am to 11am on Fridays.

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  34. Please I need help.. I have been trying to book For my TB test since Afternoon but when I get to pay it's not going through, and I have appointment with visa screening office on Wednesday.. How do I go about it

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  35. Please is IOM the only UK approved hospital for tb test, am applying as a student

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    1. Nope. Saint Nicholas is also accepted.

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  36. I want to know if I need another TB test certificate to enter the UK after visa has been granted ? My TB test will expire before I travel to the UK

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    1. TB test results are valid for 6 months. Check the date on your certificate to determine if you need another one.

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  37. Please is the Home office accepting TB test from St Nicholas hospital?

    I need an urgent answer please

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    1. Yeah. Test from Saint Nicholas is accepted.

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  38. Nope. You can try Saint Nicholas and 3 other hospitals.

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  39. Pls can I take tb test in national leprosy and tuberculosis centre in zaria

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  40. Must I go back to IOM center to collect my sputum test result, or will it be sent online?

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  41. Please I need help, my TB test came out abnormal and I've been ask to do the sputum test Which will take two months to get the result and my school resume 15 of January 2024 and that two months time is January ending..please what should I do

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  42. How long will take it take them to reply you, when requesting for a new date and month for TB test Appointment

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  43. How long will take for IOM to change my appointment date to a new date . they gave me November 20 2023 I want to change it to January 2024..

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  44. Please can pregnant woman of 38 weeks do TB test

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  45. I did my TB test and the results is showing suspected TB but they are not sure. I was told to go for TB test at the same hospital but am suspecting insincerity.
    Please can I go to another hospital to redo the TB test?

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  46. Pls are other testing bodies recognised as IOM is recognised at the uk visa office?

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  47. Can I still do this test when I am in my period

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  48. Good morning
    .My TB certificate came out with abnormality even though no trace of TB was seen in the x-ray . How will this impact on my visa application?. Thanks

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  49. Is there an approved UK TB center in Edo State ?

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