UAE: Curiosity – Medical Check Must Be Completed in the UAE
Despite media reports, foreigners cannot complete their medical screenings in the country of origin
The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai has confirmed that medical exams for UAE residency visa applicants must be completed only in the UAE.
In February 2011, Emirati media reported that while reviewing the federal law on the regulation of medical products, pharmacy profession and pharmacies, the UAE Health Council discussed proposal for foreign workers to have medical check-up completed in the country of their origin before arriving in the UAE.
Authorities, however, refused to confirm the information, instead stating that as per current legislation, foreign nationals applying for residency visas must complete their medical checks after arrival to the UAE.
Presently it is required that foreigners must take a blood test and chest x-ray in an approved hospital or clinic. In free zones, appointments are arranged through the zone authority. Employees of private companies, registered with the Ministry of Labor (outside of free zones), should obtain medical fitness request either online or at a typing center. Currently, testing positive for HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis or syphilis will result in deportation.
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