Depending on your nationality you might have to take a tuberculosis (TB) test upon your arrival in the Netherlands.The tuberculosis test is free of charge.
International students need to undergo a tuberculosis test unless they have one of the nationalities listed in the IND Appendix Exemption from the obligation to undergo a TB test.
Download the document Exemption from the obligation to undergo a TB test.
Note: ISS (International Institute of Social Studies) will arrange the appointment for ISS-students in The Hague.
Taking the TB test
If your nationality is not on this list, you do need to take the TB test. The test can only be done after your arrival in the Netherlands and only by the Dutch Public Health Authority (GGD). For taking the test, you need to make an appointment in advance by calling 010-4339440.
Address GGD in Rotterdam
3011 EN Rotterdam.
Getting there with public transport
Metro station: Leuvehaven,
Tram lines: 8 and 23/25.
Required documents to bring to the test
When you go to the GGD for a tuberculosis check, please make sure to:
- Take the Tuberculosis examination referral form
- Bring your passport
- Fill in your address and personal information on the Tuberculosis Examination Referral Form
- If you travel by public transport: take an OV-chipcard with you and make sure there is enough credit on it
Sending your TB test to the IND
After taking the test you will receive the completed Tuberculosis Examination Referral form from the GGD staff. The completed form must be send to the IND. You can either send the form to the IND yourself (the address can be found on the form) or deposit the form in the mailbox in front of the ESSC desks on the ground floor of the Sanders building. Forms deposited at the ESSC will be forwarded to the IND by the university.
Frequently Asked Questions
You have to undergo the TB-check within 3 months of arriving in the Netherlands. If you haven’t done so, please do it as soon as possible. Please realise the IND can take measures if you wait too long!