Tuberculosis testing in Bangladesh
This page explains whether you must be tested for tuberculosis (TB) if you want to come to the UK from Bangladesh. It also explains how you will be tested, and what to do if you test positive for TB.
If you want to come to the UK for more than 6 months, you must be tested to show that you do not have infectious TB, unless you are:
- a holder of a diplomatic passport; or
- a returning UK resident.
The test takes the form of a chest x-ray.
We will not process your visa application until you have taken the test. If you refuse to take the test, we will refuse your application.
How much will the test cost?
Adults: 85 US dollars
Children (certificate and physical examination only): 30 US dollars
Children (In case x-ray and other follow up investigations are required)*: 85 US dollars
The new fees stated above need to be paid in local currency (Bangladeshi Taka). The US dollar amount will be converted to Bangladeshi Taka based on the prevailing IOM official exchange rate.
*All children will need to initially have a certificate which will be issued after a questionnaire and physical exam. If there is any indication of TB, a chest X-ray will be conducted along with other follow up tests.
Booking a test
You must be tested at one of the 3 accredited clinics listed below. You will need to book an appointment for your test - you can do this at any of our visa application centres, or by phoning the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on any of the following numbers:
These numbers are open from Sunday to Thursday, 08:30 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 16:00.
The accredited clinics for TB testing are:
International organisation for migration (IOM)
Health assessment clinic - prescription point LTD
Third floor, House 105, Road 12,
Block E, Banani
Telephone: +880 171 306 7840, 171 348 1798
Fax: +880 2 881 7701
MEDI-AID Diagnostic & Consultation Centre
New Medical Road, (Near Modhu Sohid Majar)
If the test is negative
If the test shows that you do not have infectious TB, the IOM office will give you a certificate which you must submit with your visa application form. The certificate is valid for 6 months. You will need to bring the certificate with you to the UK, and you should carry it in your hand luggage - if you do not do this, you may be delayed on arrival in the UK. We advise you to take your chest x-ray with you to the UK too, in case you need to see a doctor during your stay.
If the test is positive
If the x-ray shows signs of infection, the clinic will perform other tests to find out whether you have infectious TB. You may need to return to the clinic on 3 consecutive days.
If you have TB, the IOM will not give you a certificate and you will not be able to apply for a visa until you have been cured. The IOM will give you advice and tell you how to get treatment. A full course of treatment usually takes 6 months. After you have been cured, you will need to pay for another TB test - if this test shows that you do not have infectious TB, the IOM will give you a certificate and you can apply for a visa.
TB testing and pregnant women
If you are pregnant, you will be offered a chest x-ray with abdominal shielding to protect your unborn child. If you decline, other tests may be carried out.
If you have an urgent need to travel for compassionate reasons (because you have a close family member in the UK who is seriously ill, for example, or your travel to the UK cannot be delayed for exceptional reasons), you must give us full details of the reasons. We will take these into consideration when we decide whether to give you a visa. If we do allow you to come to the UK, you will need to begin treatment for TB when you arrive in the UK.