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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.

Approved test clinics

You must be tested at one of the IOM clinics below which have been approved by the Home Office. Tuberculosis test certificate from any other clinic in Nigeria will not be accepted.
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.

Tel: +234(0) 807 219 1112 or 080 2226 4059 or 0909 999 1256

Working Hours for Lagos Office:
Monday to Thursday:  07:30 am to 12:00 pm.
Friday:  07:30 am to 09:00 am

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

Tel: +234(0) 807 219 1122/0809 563 7898/0808 522 1427/0703 289 

Working Hours for Abuja Office:
Monday to Thursday:  8.30 am to 12:30 pm Friday:  8.30 am to 10.00 am 

Attending the clinic

You should contact the above approved clinic 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.

What you should bring with you

  • proof of identification, which contains your photograph, preferably your passport;
  • tuberculosis 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.


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

    1. It is Citibank

    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

  3. 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

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

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

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

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

  6. 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

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

  7. 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?

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

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

  9. Please how can i book an online appointment.

  10. 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

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

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

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

  14. 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?

  15. 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

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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

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

  21. 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

  22. 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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