This FactCard contains information on the tuberculosis (TB) examination which is required for many nationalities. During this examination an X-ray of your lungs will be taken.
After you arrive in the Netherlands, you must take a TB (tuberculosis) test. You do not need to take a TB test in these situations:
- You have the nationality of a country listed in the appendix ‘Exemption from the obligation to undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test’
- You already have a valid residence permit in the Netherlands and you are applying for a different residence permit.
- You are born in the Netherlands and have always lived here.
- You took a TB test in the Netherlands less than 6 months ago.
What to do for the TB test
If you have to undergo the TB test, please tick the box in the application form. The application form has 2 appendices:
- The appendix 'Declaration of intent to undergo a TB test’. Fill in this appendix. You send the appendix, the application form as well as the other forms required for your application to the IND.
- The Appendix 'TB test referral form'. You keep this appendix. Within 3 months* after the residence permit has been granted, you make an appointment with the Area Health Service (GGD) to undergo the TB test. Please take the 'TB test referral form' with you to the appointment. The GGD fills in this form and then sends it to the IND.
*If you wait for more than 3 months to undergo the TB test, you may risk having your residence permit withdrawn.