TBC check The Hague region

Tuberculosis check

When applying for a residence permit in the Netherlands through the IND, nationals of lots of countries will be asked to have a Tuberculosis (TB) check upon arrival in the Netherlands. Exceptions can be found here. You can complete the Tuberculosis check after applying for your residence permit (in the Netherlands). If this is the case, you will have to indicate this to the IND when you apply. Once your permit has been approved, you have three months from your arrival to have a TB check.

How do I arrange a check?

Call the Municipal Health Services (GGD Haaglanden) at +31 (0)70 353 71 69 to schedule your check.

GGD Haaglanden (main office)
Westeinde 128, 2512 HE Den Haag
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 17:00 hours

Remember to bring your Tuberculosis Examination Referral Form to your appointment. This form is usually attached to your residence permit application, and can be found here. The GGD will forward the form, completed in full and signed, to the IND.

What will happen during the check?

During your appointment, you will have to undergo a chest X-ray. The machines used for this are modern, and there are very few dangers associated with them. Please be aware that you will have to remove any clothing covering your chest during the X-ray (you can, of course, keep your clothes on when going to/entering the X-ray room).

Do I have to pay for the check?

As of 3 July 2023 immigrants need to pay €50 for their first TB screening at the local health service (GGD). You can pay with a debit card, but not with cash or a credit card. Further research is still free of charge.