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What is a tuberculosis test and where can I take one?

Datum: 11/10/2021
Auteur: Manou Zwolle

What is Tuberculosis and why do you have to take a tuberculosis test? Is it mandatory and what are the costs? All questions that we will answer in this blog. We will guide you through the process, read on!

Tuberculosis test

Tuberculosis is a disease found all over the world. It’s is curable. If you are from a non-EU country you are required by Dutch Immigration Law to have a tuberculosis test at a local GGD office (Dutch Health Service). Participating in this test is necessary for obtaining your residence permit.

Did you know that basic health insurance is mandatory when you arrive as an au pair in The Netherlands?

Is it mandatory?

The tuberculosis test is mandatory for everyone form non-EU countries except if your country of origin is on this list.

Even if you are currently in a EU country and already have taken a test, you are still required to take one when you arrive in The Netherlands.

When do I have to take a Tuberculosis test?

You have to take the tuberculosis test within 3 months after you arrive in The Netherlands.

Procedure Tuberculosis Test

The examination consists of a tuberculin skin test, also known as Mantoux test. A small needle is used so you’ll only feel a light pinch.

If you have a documented positive skin test, you must have a chest X-ray and you need to be screened every four years. You must present a certificate from a health care provider stating that you are “free from communicable tuberculosis”. Or have your chest X-ray repeated.

(source: https://www.ggd.amsterdam.nl/english/tuberculosis/immigrants-and/)

If you have arrived form a country where tuberculosis is widespread the examination consists of a lung photo. If your country of origin is on this list you will have a second appointment for a tuberculosis skin test in 4 weeks.

Read more information at the site of the GGD.

Procedure for taking a Tuberculosis Test:

  1. Confirm that you need to take a test by checking the list above
  2. Make an appointment with the GGD at the municipality where you are residing
  3. Fill in this Tuberculosis Examination Referral Form
  4. Take your passport, residence permit card and/or visa approval letter and the tuberculosis declaration form during the examination at the GGD

What are the costs?

Since April 2014 the GGD has been charging your healthcare insurance company for any supplementary tests when you are suspected of having been infected by tuberculosis.

As an au pair you usually take the Tubercullin skin test/Matoux €36,50.

Prices since January 1st 2021:

  • Tubercullin skin test/Matoux €36,50
  • BCG vaccination €51,00
  • Chest X-ray €46,50
  • IGRA €43,41

Book your au pair tuberculosis test!

Here you can see which GGD office (Dutch Health Service) is closest to you.

Hereby an overview of GGD offices:

Book TB appointment GGD Amsterdam

Book TB appointment GGD Den Haag 

Book TB appointment GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond

Book TB appointment GGD Zuid-Holland

Contact information GGD

GGD Amsterdam

Call GGD Amsterdam: 020 555 5240.
You can call Monday to Friday between 9 am and 11 am or between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm.

GGD Brabant-Zuidoost

Call GGD Brabant-Zuidoost: 088 0031 310.
You can call on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 1 pm and 4 pm.

GGD Drenthe

Call GGD Drenthe: 0592 371953.
You can call from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 12.00 pm.

GGD Flevoland

Call GGD Flevoland: 088 0029910.
You can call from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.

GGD Fryslân

Call GGD Fryslân: 088 22 99 225.
You can call on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 1 pm and 3 pm.

GGD Gelderland-Midden

Call GGD Gelderland-Middel: 088 355 57 00.
You can call from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 9 am and between 12.30 pm and 2 pm.

GGD Gelderland-Zuid

Call GGD Gelderland-Zuid: 088 1447142.
You can call from Monday to Thursday between 1 pm and 4.30 pm or on Friday between 9 am and 12 pm.

GGD Gooi en Vechtstreek

Call GGD Gooi en Vechtstreek: 035 692 63 30.
You can call on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 8.30 am and 12 pm or between 2 pm and 5 pm.

GGD Groningen

Call GGD Groningen: 050 367 41 00.
You can call from Monday to Friday between 2 pm and 4 pm.

GGD Hart voor Brabant

Call GGD Hart voor Brabant: 0900 463 64 43.
You can call from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm.

GGD Hollands Midden

Call GGD Hollands Midden: 088 308 33 21.
You can call on:
– Tuesday between 8.30 am and 12 pm
– Thursday between 8.30 am and 12 pm or between 1 pm and 4.30 pm
– Friday between 8.30 am and 12 pm or between 1 pm and 4.30 pm.

GGD Hollands Noorden

Call GGD Hollands Noorden: 088 01 00 546.
You can call from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.

GGD IJsselland

Call GGD IJsselland: 038 428 1636.
You can call on:
– Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 8 am and 5 pm.
– Wednesday, Friday between 8 am and 12 pm.

GGD Kennemerland

Call GGD Kennemerland: 023 789 1620.
You can call on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 am and 12.30 pm or between 1.15 pm and 2.30 pm.

GGD Limburg-Noord

Call GGD Limburg-Noord: 088 119 1716.
You can call from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm.

GGD Noord- en Oost-Gelderland

Call GGD Noord- en Oost-Geldeland: 088 – 443 30 05
You can call from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 9.00 am and between 1 pm and 2.30 pm.

GGD regio Utrecht

Call GGD regio Utrecht: 030-850 78 10
– Monday and Wednesday between 8.45 am and 11.30 am
– Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm

GGD Twente

Call GGD Twente: 053 487 6980
You can call from Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9.00 am and 12.00 pm.

GGD West-Brabant

Send an email to: [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

GGD Zaanstreek-Waterland

Call GGD Zaanstreek-Waterland: 0900 – 254 54 54 (option 3)
You can call from Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm.

GGD Zeeland

Send an email to: [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

GGD Zuid Limburg  

Call GGD Zuid Limburg: 088 – 880 50 74
You can call from Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8.30 am and 12.00 pm.

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As stated before it’s mandatory to take the test within 3 months after you arrive in The Netherlands. Participating in this test is necessary for obtaining your residence permit.

The examination consists of a tuberculin skin test and the GGD can charge your healthcare insurance. If you have arrived form a country where tuberculosis is widespread the examination consists of a lung photo.

Frequently asked questions

Do I do the Tuberculosis Test Declaration in Zimbabwe or when I am in the Netherlands?

You need to fill in the Tuberculosis Test Intent form but you will only get tested once you are in the Netherlands.


Where do I get the Antecedents Certificate

We will send an email with an overview of the documents you need.

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