Health Assessments of Immigrants, Bound for Australia

Health assessments of the Australian visa applicants are conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the Migration Health Assessment Center.

Appointments and Information

Working hours: 08:00 – 17:00, Monday through Friday, except national holidays.

Appointments and Information: 08:00 – 17:00, Monday through Friday, except national holidays. 

Phone numbers: (+977) 01 44 17 219 and (+977) 01 44 29 599

Address: IOM Migration Health Assessment Center (MHAC), 768/4, Thirbam Sadak, Baluwatar-4 (next to the main IOM office). 

IOM MHAC provides eMedical service


see information regarding eMedical in the Annex


Health Assessments Information Sheet AUA

What to bring to the health assessment

  1. Passport. Photocopies will not be accepted.
  2. Health Examination List (with HAP ID) and/or Examination Referral List if you want to use eMedical service.
  3. Previous chest X-rays, if available
  4. If you suffer or have suffered from any chronic condition or underwent major medical or surgical treatment, please bring medical records or hospital reports. Insufficient information may lead to delays and additional testing.

Important notices:

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian, who can sign and take decisions on their behalf.

Service fees


Fee in USD

Medical exam: adult (>11 year)


Medical exam: 5-11 years


Medical exam: <5 years


Chest X-ray only (e.g. visitor visa)


HIV test


Hepatitis B test


Hepatitis C test




The fees are to be paid in US Dollars or Nepali Rupees at the IOM exchange rate for the month (check exchange rate with IOM staff).

 The fees do not include:

  1. Any additional investigations, specialist referrals which may be required to establish or clarify a diagnosis. Price list is available from IOM staff at the reception.
  2. Any costs associated with the applicant’s stay in Kathmandu.

 Advice regarding the health assessment:

  1. For your medical examination you will be asked to take off all of your clothes, but please keep your underwear on.
  2. You may request a chaperon to be present at your physical examination if you are examined by a physician of the opposite sex.
  3. Do not conceal medical conditions. Deliberate attempts to hide them will be reported to the Australian High Commission.
  4. Do not conceal pregnancy. Pregnancy will not affect your immigration prospects.
  5. Abstain from drinking alcohol on the day before the examination.
  6. Note that your whole body will be examined. Please maintain proper hygiene.
  7. Postpone or re-schedule your appointment if you or your child is acutely ill with a high fever or rash.
  8. If you use glasses or contact lens, bring them to the health assessment 


More about health requirements for Australia visa applicants:

Location of the Migration Health Assessment Center (MHAC)

IOM Kathmandu Office Map

Annex. Information about eMedical
(taken from the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Government of Australia; abridged)

The department uses an online health system known as eMedical to conduct and record health examinations for visa applicants. The eMedical system is a web-based program that allows panel clinics to record the health assessments of applicants online.

eMedical is being used by over 150 panel clinics in 18 different countries for health assessments of eligible temporary and permanent visa applicants. During the 2008–2009 program year, over two thirds of eVisa eligible applicants have had their health assessments completed through eMedical. In November 2009 eMedical eligibility was significantly expanded, with the ultimate aim of allowing more visa applicants to complete their health examinations using eMedical.

Benefits of eMedical:

As health examination results are submitted electronically by panel clinics, eMedical is significantly faster than the manual assessment stream. Health results submitted through eMedical are typically finalised within 48 hours of the panel doctor and panel radiologist submitting their findings.

How does eMedical work?

The assessment and results recorded by the panel clinics, including the client's photo, digital x-ray and report(s) are transmitted electronically to the department for processing. Using online health processing as part of lodging a visa application results in a significant reduction in the time it takes to assess a visa applicant against Australia's visa health requirement.

Which clients can use eMedical?

To be eligible for eMedical clients must be outside Australia and have either:

  1. lodged an eVisa/eMedical application and presenting Examination Referral Letter’ Or
  2. lodged a paper-based visa application that is being processed in Australia, and has been provided with a 'Health Examinations List' with HAP ID by their case officer.


How to use eMedical?

Applicants lodging their visa applications with eVisa need to complete the following:

  1. select an eMedical clinic (radiology and/or medical) from the list provided at the time of lodging their visa application.
  2. answer the online medical history questions and print out 'Health Examination Referral'
  3. book an appointment with the selected eMedical clinic(s) and attend for their health assessments Or
  4. download and complete a Radiological report on chest x-ray (Form 160EH) and/or a Medical examination for an Australian visa (Form 26EH)
  5. book an appointment and attend an eMedical clinic for their health assessments.


Applicants will need to attend an eMedical clinic and provide their 'Health Examinations List' with HAP ID if one of the following applies:

  1. they are not lodging their applications through eVisa
  2. they are having their applications processed in Australia.


eVisa Application

When visa applicants visit a clinic using eMedical, the clinic will:

  1. Take their digital photo and upload it to eMedical..
  2. Enter all examination results (including a digital chest x-ray if required) into eMedical.

Health examination and x-ray results will be instantly available to the department's health operations centre for assessment, and in most cases, finalized within 48 hours.


Each applicant coming for health assessment should have one of the following documents:

  1. Health Examination list with HAP ID (with or without Form26EH/160EH)
  2. Examination Referral Letter (with TRN)


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