In order to obtain a residence permit you (or the person you represent) must be prepared to undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test and, if necessary, a treatment. If you submit the completed declaration of intent to undergo a TB test to the IND together with your application (and also meet all other conditions), the IND will grant you a residence permit as soon as possible.
You are granted this permit on the condition that you will actually undergo a TB test within the first three months from their arrival. If you fail to do so - despite signing the declaration of intent - your residence permit may be withdrawn.
In order to undergo the TB test, you must make an appointment with the Gemeentelijke of Gemeenschappelijke Gezondheidsdienst, GGD, (Municipal Health Service). For this appointment you must complete the Tuberculosis Examination Referral Form, which will be attached to your residence permit application form.
The obligation to undergo the test does not apply, if you fit into one of the following categories:
You are a national of one of the countries on the following list.
You have an indefinite residence permit in an EEA Member State.
- You have an indefinite residence permit in an EU Member State or Switzerland.
- You have an EC residence permit for long-term residents issued by another EU Member State, or if you are a family member of someone who holds this document and you have already been admitted to another EU Member State as a family member of a long-term resident.
If you require screening for Tuberculosis, you must make an appointment with the Municipal Health Service (GGD) department in your city or town of residence. Take the Tuberculosis Examination Referral Form (it will be attached to your residence permit application form) with you to your appointment.
The GGD will forward this form, completed in full and signed, to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service.
Please note: The IND will not make the appointment for you! You must make the appointment yourself. Contact Holland Expat Center South for assistance.
Testing for Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that is caused by a bacteria. A TB bacteria can only be seen under a microscope. The examination involves an X-ray of the lungs, which is the part of body usually most affected by the bacteria.If you do have TB, you will be able to receive treatment here in the Netherlands. You will not have to leave the country.
What to know about Tuberculosis:
- The equipment used in the Netherlands is modern and a lung-X-ray is not dangerous. The amount of radiation from a lung X-ray is minimal. Pregnant women can also have the X-ray done, but should inform the person taking the X-ray about her pregnancy.
- People with open (= infectious) TB can infect other people, for instance, by coughing or sneezing. However, you cannot get TB by touching someone who is infected.
- Some symptoms of TB include: an ongoing cough, a fever, tiredness, and night sweats.
- It is possible to have TB and not show any symptoms.
- A TB examination is the only way to see if you have TB.
- TB develops slowly, which is why several examinations are required.
- It is possible to contract TB in between examaniations. Go to your doctor if you show any symptoms, which include coughing for longer than three weeks, even if you have recently had a TB examination.
Municipal Health Department (GGD) in the South Netherlands:
Ringbaan West 227
088 368 68 70
GGD Zuid Limburg
Geleenbeeklaan 2, Geleen
046 850 6666