7 January 2013| Last updated on 1 July 2015
Medical Tests for Visas in Dubai
Non-UAE residents of Dubai are expected to undergo medical examinations in order to get their residency visas.
This might seem quite daunting as the medical centers are a bit chaotic. It may take you a couple of hours to get your tests done, but the staff are very professional, the medical centers are hygienic and results arrive quickly.
The tests that need to be done are a blood test and a chest x-ray. The blood test is to test for communicable diseases such as HIV and the chest x-ray is taken for the purposes of testing for TB. If the test results are positive, the applicant will be deported from the UAE. If you suspect that you suffer from a communicable disease it is advisable to get tested in your home country first.
What You Need
1) A letter from the typing office – most government applications have to be obtained in Arabic from the typing office and an application for a medical test is no exception. It is easily obtained as there are many typing centers in the UAE.
2) Two passport photographs
3) Health card receipt or number
4) Test fee of AED 250
5) Your original passport
There is usually a ladies area in the government hospital, so you will be separated from the men. This makes the wait a little shorter and easier. You will be given a number and will go to have a blood test with one nurse and an x-ray in the x-ray room. Once you have surpassed the queue the procedure is very quick.
Results are usually ready the following day, you will have to collect them in order to complete the submission for your visa. If you are found to have a communicable disease, you will be deported from the UAE. However if your results test positive for TB, you will be treated before being deported.
Certain categories of employee, such as maids and nannie, will also have to undergo a pregnancy test before they can obtain their visa.
The test is a little time consuming and you might be sent back and forth a few times before you get it quite right because procedures change constantly, consider this one of the biggest hurdles in obtaining a residency visa.