Migration Health

IOM’s Migration Health activities in Sri Lanka work towards the vision enshrined in the 2013 National Migration Health Policy, one of the first of its kind in the region, which recognizes that migrants and mobile populations benefit from an improved standard of physical, mental and social well-being, which enables them to substantially contribute towards the social and economic development of their home communities and host societies.

Migrant Health Assessments

In line with the National Migration Health Policy, IOM continues to implement migration health assessments and provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in developing standards for implementing and monitoring pre-departure health assessments.

Since 2014, IOM has offered migrants direct access to health assessments. These migrant-friendly assessments are conducted at IOM’s dedicated health assessment facility established in Colombo. The centre adheres to international best practices and provides early detection and management of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and other conditions.

As of 2019, under the key results area of the National Migration Health Policy which calls for the establishment of health assessments for resident visa applicants to Sri Lanka, IOM has provided technical assistance to the MoH in developing and implementing an Inbound Health Assessment Centre to mitigate the impact of migrants’ disease burdens on national health and social services and to contribute to maximize the developmental impact of migrants into Sri Lankan society.

Technical Partnership

The risk of incidence of imported malaria cases in Sri Lanka is one of the major challenges to the national malaria programme, as the country has just been declared malaria-free. IOM’s health unit will therefore continue its partnership with the National Malaria Programme which was initiated in 2012.  Foreign visitors and Sri Lankan migrants returning from West African and other malaria endemic countries and regions are being screened for malaria upon arrival at the main international airport, using a rapid diagnostic test. The travellers identified as positive for malaria through an IOM-MOH jointly developed screening process are referred to the National Programme for Malaria for further investigation and treatment. This intervention has been commended by both the national and international health authorities.

IOM will also continue its support to Sri Lanka’s well-established national vertical health programmes to address migratory related health issues. These programmes include the National Anti-Malaria Campaign, National Programme on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases, and the Sexually Transmitted Diseases & HIV/AIDS Control Programme. Health promotion activities will be conducted across various IOM projects but will be coordinated by IOM’s Health Unit and will be in line with the Sri Lankan Government’s national policies.

Evidence-Based Policy Support

IOM’s research work in Sri Lanka supports and informs migration policy and practice across a broad range of inter-linked issues. IOM has undertaken policy-oriented and operational research based on pragmatic and evidence-based analysis over the years, which has informed the implementation of multiple projects of IOM and partners, and has also positively influenced national policy debates and stimulated new operational approaches and activities.

IOM’s sound ethics-based and principled approaches to research mean that international communities of practice welcome IOM’s research findings, and as such, IOM Sri Lanka has often been asked to disseminate its research findings through international academic journals, especially in the field of migration health. IOM’s research is not only therefore relevant to local contexts, but also to regional and international dialogues and practices.

IOM will build upon its extensive research practice in Sri Lanka by ensuring that research is included as an integral and inter-sectorial feature of its own programmes. 

IOM has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise during its first 12 years of operations in Sri Lanka. Research is just one important aspect of informing and building this knowledge. In line with IOM’s global institutional initiative in support of a more comprehensive approach towards knowledge management, IOM will work in the upcoming strategy period to improve its capacity to analyse, develop, process and share knowledge assets generated by its projects and processes, with a view to continue to add value to its work and that of its partners and beneficiaries.

Booking an Appointment

Booking an Appointment

All applicants have to make an appointment, prior to coming for the test. Please note that walk in appointments will not be accepted.

Please note that we will need your passport number to make an appointment.

Appointments Over the Phone:
Call Centre No: +94 (0)11 2031700

Appointments by e-mail:

  1. UK TB Appointments: uktbappointmentssl@iom.int
  2. Canada Health Appointments: slcanhap@iom.int
  3. Australian / New Zealand Health Appointments: slaushap@iom.int

Operating Hours:
8:30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
(NB: Except on IOM Holidays)

Address:
No.42/1, Horton Place
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka



If you have any feedback or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: iomcmbmedical@iom.int
(Please note this e-mail address is for feedback only and will not accomodate any appointment requests)

We wish you a pleasant visit to MHAC Colombo.

General Advice Regarding Health Assessments

  1. For your physical examination during the health assessment, Examining Physician will request you to take off all clothes except your underwear. You will be provided a gown to wear and you will be examined in a respectful manner as per medical ethics.
  2. You may request a chaperon to be present during your physical examination, especially if you are to be examined by a physician of the opposite sex.
  3. Do not conceal medical conditions. Deliberate attempts to hide them will be reported to the recipient countries. The absolute majority of medical conditions are admissible, though some may require additional tests.
  4. Do not conceal pregnancy. Pregnancy will not affect your immigration prospects.
  5. Women are advised to avoid health assessment during menstruation as it may affect results of the urine test.
  6. Postpone or re-schedule your appointment if you or your children are ill with fever or rash.
  7. Health case Submissions and Furtherance related inquires would be responded between 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Please note that there are no parking facilities onsite.

Alternative parking options include:
- Vihara Maha Devi Park
- Maitland Crescent Road: Along the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
- Gregory’s Road

- Green Path: Nelum Pokuna
- Independence Square Public Car Park


Furthermore, only the applicant will be allowed into the premises.

Please plan your travel accordingly.

UK TB

On the Day of Your Appointment: UK TB

Please note down the following documents which you will need to bring for your appointment:

  1. Your Original Passport.
  2. One photocopy of the bio-data page of your passport.
  3. 2 recent passport-size color photographs with white color background.
  4. Original NIC or Valid driving license.
  5. If you have any past medical records specially relevant to chest diseases, please bring them with you.
  6. Children less than 16 years old will need to bring their original birth certificate and a photocopy of the birth certificate.
  7. Children less than 18 years old should be accompanied by their parents/ guardian.
  8. If parent is absent the guardian should have a legal authorization letter.

Also please bring the following details, clearly written down on a paper:

  1. Present and permanent Sri Lankan address and contact number.
  2. Your E-mail address.
  3. Proposed UK address and contact number.
  4. Sponsor name (for dependents).
  5. You might have to spend approximately one hour for this process.

Certificate Collection

For applicants with normal test results, certificates will be issued the same day, from 3:00 PM onwards.

Validity of the UKTB Medical Certificate issued by the Medical Health Assessment Centre

  1. This certificate is valid for up to 6 months from the date of examination for applicants who are identified as free of TB.
  2. For applicants who have had contacts with active TB patients or suspected TB patients, the certificate is valid for 3 months.

UKTB Priority Criteria

  1. Children less than 5 years.
  2. Pregnant mothers.
  3. Lactating mothers.
  4. Differently-abled applicants.

It is advised that applicants review the information here before their appointment.

For additional inquiries, please email us on uktbappointmentssl@iom.int

Australia

On the Day of Your Appointment: Australia

Please note down the following documents which you will need to bring for your appointment:

  1. Your Original Passport.
  2. One photocopy of the bio-data page of your passport.
  3. Your letter from Australian High Commission with the HAP number and health examination list.
  4. Please bring all your medical records.
  5. Children less than 16 years old will need to bring their original birth certificate and a photocopy of the birth certificate.
  6. Children less than 18 years old should be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian.

Please take also note of the following information:

  1. You might have to spend 4 hours or more for this whole process.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes for medical examination & X-Ray.
  3. Avoid wearing chains or valuable jewelry.
  4. No fasting is required / please take your regular medications.
  5. Female applicants must not be menstruating when doing the medical examination.

Also please bring the following details, clearly written down on a paper:

  1. Present Sri Lankan address.
  2. Sri Lankan contact number.
  3. Your E-mail address.

For additional inquiries or appointments, you may email us on slaushap@iom.int

New Zealand

On the Day of Your Appointment: New Zealand

Please note down the following documents which you will need to bring for your appointment:

  1. Your Original Passport.
  2. One photocopy of the bio-data page of your passport.
  3. If available your letter from New Zealand embassy with the NZ number.
  4. Please bring all medical records.
  5. Children less than 16 years old will need to bring their original birth certificate and a photocopy of the birth certificate.
  6. Children less than 18 years old should be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian.

Please take also note of the following information:

  1. You might have to spend 4 hours or more for this whole process.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes for medical examination & X-Ray.
  3. Avoid wearing chains or valuable jewelry.
  4. No fasting is required / please take your regular medications.
  5. Female applicants must not be menstruating when doing the medical examination.

Also please bring the following details, clearly written down on a paper:

  1. Present Sri Lankan address.
  2. Sri Lankan contact number.
  3. Your E-mail address.

For additional inquiries or appointments, you may email us on slaushap@iom.int

Canada

On the Day of Your Appointment: Canada

Please note down the following documents which you will need to bring for your appointment:

  1. Your Original Passport.
  2. One photocopy of the bio-data page of your passport.
  3. Your letter from Canada High Commission with the IME/UMI/UCI number.
  4. Please bring all your medical records.
  5. Children less than 16 years old will need to bring their original birth certificate and a photocopy of the birth certificate.
  6. Children less than 18 years old should be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian.

Please take also note of the following information:

  1. You might have to spend 4 hours or more for this whole process.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes for medical examination & X-Ray.
  3. Avoid wearing chains or valuable jewelry.
  4. No fasting is required / please take your regular medications.
  5. Female applicants must not be menstruating when doing the medical examination.

Also please bring the following details, clearly written down on a paper:

  1. Present Sri Lankan address.
  2. Sri Lankan contact number.
  3. Your E-mail address.

For additional inquiries or appointments, you may email us on slcanhap@iom.int

Service Fee

The price is from 80-135 USD (payable in Local Currency) and vary in relation to the visa type and age. The exact amount will be determined in the contact with the appointment agent.

Please note that only cash payments will be accepted.