IOM: UK TB Test Guide for UK Visa Applicants

Does anyone want to have a UK TB test guide for UK visa applicants? In relation to your visa application, an applicant who wishes to stay in the UK for more than six (6) months must undergo a UK TB Test in an affiliated clinic. Please be guided that UK Visas and Immigration will not accept a tuberculosis certificate from any clinic not approved by the Home Office.

The approved clinic in the Philippines for UK TB Test is the IOM (International Organisation for Migration Health Centre) in Metro Manila. As for me who based in Cebu, flying to Manila is quite costly for this one purpose alone considering my time and the expenses to get there but that’s just how to do it.

How to Attend

To attend the TB test in Manila Health Centre for UK applicants, you need to book an appointment to IOM and clearly state that what you need is a test for a UK Visa application. You may contact them at the information below. I remember I shoot them an email to book me an appointment which they promptly replied to me on the same day for the confirmation. Awesome, I flew on the next day as per my preferred schedule. You need to provide the information below in your email when you request for an appointment and be reminded that the registration period is from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM only and office hours are from Mondays until Fridays, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

International Organisation for Migration Health Centre
15th Floor, Units A and B Trafalgar Plaza
105 H.V. Dela Costa Street
Salcedo Village
Makati City 1227
Metro Manila
Tel: (632) 883-9339 or (632) 511-8771
Mob: (917) 593-4688 (globe operator) or (919) 993-4667 (smart operator)
Fax: (632) 883-9377

3 Ways to Book an Appointment

  • Send SMS
    • Globe: 0917-5934688
    • Smart: 0919-9334667
  • Email them
    • mhc.uk@iom.int
  • Landline
    • 883-9339

Requirements to bring on the day of Exam

  • Current valid Passport
  • Any of 2 proof  government-issued photo ID (one will be surrendered to the Ground Floor security upon entry and one will be presented at the clinic)
    • Voter’s ID
    • PRC ID
    • Driver’s License
    • SSS ID
    • TIN ID
    • Philhealth ID
    • Postal ID
    • NBI clearance
  • 1 Photocopy of passport and ID

NOTE: If you have TB in the past or other lung related disease, you should provide details of your previous screening and your medical records/notes as well as X-ray results if possible. If you are pregnant, you will have to secure a clearance from your doctor/Ob-Gyne to know if you are allowed or not to perform the exam. If you are allowed to do so, as per IOM, they have an extra shield to put in your body for protection. Otherwise, they will conduct a sputum test which requires you to return to the IOM center for three (3) consecutive mornings.

The Fee 

Payment is to be done at the cashier’s booth on the left side at a real-time. Therefore, no advanced payment is to be accepted. Please contact the clinic and refer to their cancellation policy if you wish to cancel your appointment.

Mode of Payment: Cash Only

  • 11 years old and above – Php 3,200.00
  • 10 years old and below – Php 500.00

When I went there, they posted a noticed outside their clinic about the adjustment of their medical fees effective 1st of September 2015. For more info, do refer to the image below as I took a picture of it.

I woke up early about 3:00 o’clock in the morning to prepare myself for my appointment then soon after head off to the airport. I need to be the in the Health center before 8:00 in the morning.

I arrived at Manila airport past 6:00 in the morning and started heading off to the IOM Office. Somehow I found the place with the help of the taxi driver and managed to get in the building and log-in to the guard’s lobby at the ground floor. The lift is not available until 8:00 AM so I waited patiently and didn’t leave the building so I can get in the queue/line first.

As the lift started operating and took me to the 15th floor, I approached the guard of the IOM center and he searches for my name on the appointment list and later on, provided me a priority number. I went inside and waited for my number to be called.

Their clinic is pretty clean and obviously peaceful as I was one of the few clients who arrived very early. The clinic does not only cater UK clients but as well as Canada and on the left side is where the TB test for clients bound to the UK. The process was fine and smooth. I got a bit bored and pretty sleepy until my number was called after waited for half an hour or so, perhaps.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

As far as I can remember, there were five (5) procedures you have to undergo for you to complete your appointment.

  1. You will be advised to wait for your priority number to be called in the counter section. Once you are called, the staff will gather your documents, had it encoded in their system and conduct a few information from you for verification purposes. Then afterward, they will take a picture of you with their web camera in their workstation.
  2. You will have to pay the corresponding fee to the cashier booth once you have been told to do so.
  3. You will be advised to sit near to the doctor’s waiting area and wait for your name to be called. The doctor will conduct a medical interview regarding TB or your current or previous illnesses. The doctor may carry out a physical examination when necessary.
  4. Once again, you will be advised to sit on the settee near to the X-ray room to perform the exam. Wait for your name to be called by the technician or radiologist. I would suggest you remove any metal accessories in your body while waiting for your name to be mentioned for less hassle. They are quiet in a hurry most of the time due to many clients they need to attend to.
  5. You will be advised to wait for your name to be called for the result once you have successfully performed the X-Ray imaging. I wait for my result in their clinic as I was too lazy to go outside and besides their sofa is quite comfortable. In fact, I feel like sleeping there if only there were no loads of people around there. I got my result after two hours or so and turns out to be normal. Thank goodness.

Result 

If the outcome of your exam conducted by the doctor shows that you don’t have TB, you can get your UKTB certificate within 2 to 3 hours of your appointment. The certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of your medical exam. This is the certificate that you need to include in your UK visa application. I have no idea what you need to do further if the result of your exam is not favorable. However, I believe they will not give you a certificate until you are all cleared. So they may further instruct you to complete the treatment and re-apply.

NOTE:

On the day of your exam, it would be best to wear light clothing where you feel comfortable and travel light. That was the lesson for me. I hope I have helped you about on how to get a UK TB Test for your visa application. Good Luck and ’till then.

24 thoughts on “IOM: UK TB Test Guide for UK Visa Applicants

  • Hi

    i find your blog very helpful. I just want to ask if my passport as well as photocopy of it can be used as my ID. I’ve been away for many years and so I don’t have any ID from Philippines.

    Thanks.

    Alex

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    • Photocopy of your current valid passport may serve as well as the original. Perhaps you may try to present alternate identification from which country you’re residing and hope they will accept it. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope this will help you. Goodluck 🙂

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  • Hi mam would you know if they accept health cards so you don’t need to pay the amount stated?
    Just curious 🙂

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    • Hi Patricia,
      As far I know, I don’t think they do as they state cash only, unless that has changed since I was there. Thank you for your comment.

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  • Hi po Mam!
    Regarding dun sa procedure before the X-ray
    May iba pa po bang gagawin like for example VS, physical exam or anything?
    Thanks

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    • Hi Phineas,
      As far as I can remember, I don’t think they have physical exam but they have a brief interview with the client/applicant in the small room for assessment purposes po before they will advise you to proceed to the x-ray test. I hope po this may help.

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    • Hi Fiona,
      Unfortunately, I have not tried reaching the IOM staff at that email address you provided except the one I posted on the blog.

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  • Hi Janlyn,
    Thank you sa post re TB testing for UK Visa app!
    Question. Kapag ba short stay lang, halimbawa mga 3 weeks ka lang sa UK, need pa rin ba na mag undergo and magsubmit ng TB test?
    Thank you.

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    • Hi Bea,
      I believe you don’t need one because UK TB Test will be only be applied to those applicants who wish to stay in the UK for more than 6 months.

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  • Hi ask ko lang sana kasi dalawa lang ang government id ko passport and nbi clearance lang. pwede na kaya yon? sa friday na kasi yung schedule ko for my medical. Thank you!

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    • Hi Sheika,
      If wala kanang ibang ma i-produce, I think pwede na siguro yan. Maybe mag photocopy ka nalang ng NBI mo at Passport tapos bigay mo ang NBI clearance mo or passport photocopy sa ground floor security upon logging in your name sa logbook nila. If may iba kapang extra ID credentials like company ID or school ID baka pwede mo narin dalhin para make sure lang na may extra ka na ID just in case lang needed nila. Your welcome .

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  • Hello po, tanong kolang ho if pwede po ba magpa appointment ulit? Kasi last july yung last appointment ko then okay naman naka kuha ako kaso dinatuloy yun. Andito pa sa akin. Tapos ngayon pwede po ba magpa medical ulit and appointment?

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    • Hi Sweety,
      Sa pagka ka alam ko pwede ka magpa appointment ulit kasi yung sa akin dalawang beses din ako nag undergo ng test sa kanila kasi ganun din yung nangyari sa akin dati. Nakapag TB test din ako tapos okay naman yung result kaso di rin ako natuloy nung una. Pagkakaalam ko, may expiration yung TB test certificate nila, hanggang 6 months lang. So to make sure sa aking part, nag book nalang ako ulit ng test kasi nag expired na yung last result ng test ko.

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  • Hi mam, I would like to ask if IOM will entertain me if I have only few queries for my medical contraints (lung scar) which is already trated 3 years ago. Do I still have to book an appointment or not, since I don’t have yet an applications to UK since I am very hesitant to apply ‘coz of my medical concern. Thanks mam and more power!

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    • Hi Kae,
      Good day, If your future visa application requires a UKTB certificate, then, you will need a UKTB test. With regard to your case, I believe that regardless of your medical status, they should be able to accommodate you. The IOM has their own procedures when it comes to this. You may be asked to bring with you your pertinent medical results, the doctor’s interpretations( the before and progress of the treatment) and medical clearance records.
      It’s their discretion to provide further information or any possible advice to your situation. However, I think prior to anything and the best thing to do is you may try sending them an SMS or email and address your inquiry to them before you book an appointment and I hope you’ll get a positive feedback from them. Bless you 🙂

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  • Your post is very helpful..one question pls. Kailangan po bang lahat may entry ang info sa email registration? Pwede bang walang entry sa UK address? Magbabago kasi ng UK address si misis kasi lilipat sya ng house by Oct pa. Thank you and God bless!

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    • Hi Nico,
      Sorry for the late response I was on a holiday. I am not sure in their end (TB TEST IOM) to skip that entry for the UK address. However, if I may have to suggest, it would be better to include your current UK address for reference even if you are planning on transferring to another place in the future. I hope this helps. Thank you for visiting my blog. Cheers!

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  • Hi! Just wanted to ask if they still accepted applicants who came in later than 8am, say 9am or 10 am? I needed to do something earlier in the day of my scheduled test so I can’t really arrive by 8am.

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    • Hello Kay! Thank you for visiting my blog. As far as I know, once you’ve successfully booked your appointment with them, you are already on their list of your stipulated date for the test. So I think they will accommodate you and you should be fine. Their office hours are from Mondays thru Fridays, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, it is still based on a “first come-first serve” because there is a priority number to be given from the guard. In my case, I went in a little early for the priority number because I need to get back home.

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  • This post is amazing…..very helpful!
    Maraming Salamat.

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  • Hi,good afternoon,pede po makuha ung links for appointment for tuberculosis test kung meron po kau…thank you!!

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    • Hello Bhel, good morning. Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t have the link to book an appointment online. This is the only site I know of which I am not sure if this is their official site https://www.iom.int/countries/philippines. However, I believe the effective way to book an appointment is to reach them via SMS or email them and they’ll get back to you promptly with info. I’ve also updated this post and provided ways on how to reach to them. I hope this may help you.

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