Tuberculosis tests for visa applicants

Matilda International Hospital is an approved provider for the UK Pre-Departure tuberculosis (TB) Screening.

People going to the UK for more than 6 months will need to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) if they have been residents in Hong Kong. Details on the screening requirements and who it applies to can be found on the UK Government website.

Screening for TB involves a basic assessment by the doctor and a chest x-ray. A clearance certificate is issued if the screening is negative. The clearance certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of the chest x-ray or 3 months if the applicant or any of the family member has been treated for TB.

Screening Programme

Basic Screening

  • Adult (>11 years old): GP assessment and Chest X-ray ($1,000 per person)
  • Child (<11 years old): GP assessment ($500 per person)

Pregnant Ladies

Pregnant ladies can choose to have an x-ray with extra shielding, a sputum test or to wait until after delivery. Please refer to the UK Government website for more details on options.

Advanced Screening (Sputum Examination)

Anyone with signs and symptoms or a chest x-ray indicating possible TB will need to undergo sputum testing. Sputum collection needs to done on three consecutive mornings.

  • Sputum Test ($1,900 per person per time)

Booking Procedure

  1. Complete the online booking form
  2. A registration email will be sent to you to offer a timeslot
  3. Upon receiving the online registration and payment, a confirmation email will be sent

Note: Fee can only be refunded with a medication reason. A cancellation fee $200 will be charged should a refund is required. Once the appointment is confirmed, it can only be rescheduled once.

What do you need to bring:

On the examination day:

  1. An original copy of the passport that will be used to enter to the UK
  2. An original copy of Hong Kong ID Card

On the day to collect the certificate:

  1. An original copy of the passport that will be used to enter to the UK
  2. An original copy of Hong Kong ID Card
  3. A passport size photo