UK Visa Tuberculosis Test Guide For Nigerians

What is Tuberculosis

According to Wikipedia, “Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria.” Tuberculosis mainly affects the lungs and can spread through tiny droplets of the bacteria released when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Tuberculosis mainly affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body. Common symptoms of active TB are fever, blood-containing mucus,  night sweats,  weight loss, and chronic cough.

Who needs a Tuberculosis Test?

If you are travelling to the UK for more than six months, you will need to include a medical certificate in your visa application certifying that you are free from tuberculosis. Applicants must obtain a certificate from one of the clinics approved by the UK  Home Office.

However, there are some exceptions. Tuberculosis testing is not required if the applicant is: 

  • Is an accredited diplomat of the UK
  • Has stayed in a country where a TB test is not required for more than six months
  • Is a returning UK resident and has not been away for more than two years

Why do I need to do a Tuberculosis test

According to UK immigration regulations, anyone staying in the UK for more than six months must be tuberculosis free.

Immigration Rules Appendix T: tuberculosis screening reads:

“Any person applying to enter the UK as described in paragraph A39, Part 1 General Provisions of the Immigration Rules, must present at the time of application a valid medical certificate issued by a medical practitioner approved by the Secretary of State for these purposes, as listed on the Gov.uk website, confirming that they have undergone screening for active pulmonary tuberculosis and that such tuberculosis is not present in the applicant.”

The UK visa tuberculosis test is a simple way to help protect public health. Under the Immigration Act 2014, most non-EEA migrants who come to the UK for longer than six months must be tested for tuberculosis and other infectious diseases before they enter the country.

Countries that require tuberculosis testing for  UK visa applications

If you apply from one of the following countries, you will need a certificate certifying that you are free of tuberculosis.

Afghanistan,DjiboutiLesothoRwanda
AlgeriaDominican RepublicLiberiaSao Tome, and Principe,
AngolaEcuadorMadagascarSenegal
ArmeniaEquatorial GuineaMalawiSierra Leone
AzerbaijanEritreaMalaysiaSolomon Islands
BangladeshEthiopiaMaliSomalia
BelarusGabonMarshall IslandsSouth Africa
BeninThe GambiaMauritaniaSouth Sudan
BhutanGeorgiaMicronesiaSri Lanka
BoliviaGhanaMoldovaSudan
BotswanaGuatemalaMongoliaSuriname
Brunei DarussalamGuineaMoroccoSwaziland
Burkina FasoGuinea BissauMozambiqueTajikistan
BurmaGuyanaNamibiaTanzania
BurundiHaitiNepalThailand
CambodiaHong Kong or MacauNigerTimor Leste
Cape VerdeIndiaNigeriaTogo
Central African RepublicIndonesiaPakistanTurkmenistan
ChadIraqPalauTuvalu
CameroonKazakhstanPapua New GuineaUganda
ChinaKenyaPanamaUkraine
CongoKiribatiParaguayUzbekistan
Congo Democratic RepublicKoreaPeruVanuatu
Côte d’IvoireKyrgyzstanPhilippinesVietnam
Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaLaosRussian FederationZambia &Zimbabwe
List of countries that require a Tuberculosis test

Nigeria UK Home Office Approved Clinics

Nigeria has only two accredited clinics, the Migration Health Assessment Center (MHAC), also known as the IOM. You can take the test at the office in  Lagos or Abuja.

Lagos Address: 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 or +234(0) 09 460 58400
Phone numbers: +234(0) 8022264059 or +234(0) 09 092156079 or +234(0) 09 099991256
Email: iomlagosmedicalbooking@iom.int
Website: https://nigeria.iom.int

Abuja Address: Migration Health Assessment Centre
International Organization For Migration (IOM)
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 or +234 (0) 01 465 6600
Mobile: +234(0) 809 563 7898 or +234 (0) 0808 522 1427 or +234 (0) 0703 289 8491
Email: iomabujamedicalbooking@iom.int
Website: https://nigeria.iom.int

Additionally, you can schedule a TB test appointment online by going to https://mymedical.iom.int/ 

How to book a tuberculosis test certificate in Nigeria

Depending on your preferred location, you will need to make an appointment with the clinic online by visiting the website or calling the phone number above. However, when booking your appointment, it should be made clear that proof is required to apply for a UK visa.

As there is no way to expedite an appointment for a tuberculosis test, it is advisable to book before the peak UK student visa period from June to September to avoid long wait times.

Documents needed for TB test

You will need to bring some paperwork with you on the test appointment date. Below is a list of what you need to provide before testing. 

  •  Government-issued ID, preferably an international passport 
  •  Tuberculosis test payment proof 
  •  Doctor’s letter and x-ray findings; if you have had tuberculosis or other lung diseases. 

The above documents and details are usually sufficient, but depending on your profile, the clinic may request more information before proceeding with the examination.

How to pay for a tuberculosis test

As mentioned earlier, you must pay for the tuberculosis test before you schedule the test, as your doctor will need to see your proof of payment before performing the test. Please note that the clinic does not accept cash payments. You must use your passport number as your payment standard to transfer money to the relevant bank account on the gov.uk website.

The tuberculosis test costs $150  for applicants over the age of 11  and $60 for applicants below 11.

Also, note that payments do not cover tuberculosis treatment if you have Tuberculosis.

How to get tuberculosis test results from the clinic

According to the UK website, medical examination processing takes three days, after which a certificate is issued if you’re TB-free. But most applicants have reported that they get the test result on the same day a few hours after the test. After getting your TB certificate, you need to include it in your visa application.

How long is the TB certificate valid?

After a test showing that the applicant does not have tuberculosis, the applicant will receive a certificate to be submitted along with the visa application documents.  It is important to note that certificates are only valid for six months from the date of issue. 

Applicants should therefore consider the timing of their application and the practicality of arranging appointments at accredited clinics and travelling.

What to do if you have tuberculosis

If the tuberculosis test is positive, the applicant will be referred for treatment. Once treatment is complete, you can retest for an additional fee. 

Diagnosis is reported according to the requirements of national and  UK health authorities.

Conclusion

In this article, you learned about the UK tuberculosis test, what it is, how to book appointments for the test the documents you need, and more.

If you have questions not covered in this article about getting the UK tuberculosis card, do not hesitate to reach out to me study@tramango.com

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