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Default Medical Tests for Obtaining a Residence Permit/Visa

I heard that there are several tests that need to be done prior to obtaining a residence permit/visa in the UAE. What sort of tests are these and what do they look for? I would greatly appreciate help from expats who have recently located within the last 6 months to 1 year because I am not sure if the standards are the same.
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The purpose of the tests is to establish that you will not bring any disease into UAE and secondly are actually healthy. The tests are wide ranging and applied equally to Cleaners from Bangladesh to the Professor of Medecine from USA which is reasonable.

You test for aids, other STD and two types of hepatitis. You will also test for other blood infections and possibly malaria. You will need to self certify your health and you will provide an attested 'clear' chest x-ray and need a 'general medical certificate' which is a letter from a doctor saying you are fit to work. Your children will need a prescribed range of vaccinations which s doubtless what they have if they have been brought up in the west.

In Oman and Kuwait at least you will endure a repetition of some of the tests - partly for govt records such as blood tests and partly becuse 'they' need better assurance on tests than is provided by some countries - remember everyone is treated the same.

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Originally Posted by bigtima9o.co0 View Post
I heard that there are several tests that need to be done prior to obtaining a residence permit/visa in the UAE. What sort of tests are these and what do they look for? I would greatly appreciate help from expats who have recently located within the last 6 months to 1 year because I am not sure if the standards are the same.
I came over to AD in Nov 07 and all I had to do was a chest X Ray and give a blood sample. Was very easy and nothing to worry about.
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I came over to AD in Nov 07 and all I had to do was a chest X Ray and give a blood sample. Was very easy and nothing to worry about.
i only had a blood test, and the kids didn't have to have anything...

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i only had a blood test, and the kids didn't have to have anything...

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same with me, although lookinatdubai had an x-ray, but I think you do if you're over 40.

thats why MM never got one
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In Dubai UAE recently, blood test and chest X-Ray - all very efficient.

Same in Qatar about 10 years back - a bit less efficient.

For Bahrain residency 5 years ago - no health check required.

This is as far as the Government is concerned. Obviously your employer may also have certain health requirements.
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same with me, although lookinatdubai had an x-ray, but I think you do if you're over 40.

thats why MM never got one
I'm not over 40! Even though I feel like it sometimes!
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Not all over 40's have chest x-rays either. The blood test is the only given and the x-ray seems a bit random.

Anyway, to the original poster, it is really nothing to worry about, very quick and simple. And you can get it done in double quick time by paying a bit extra and going to a private hospital such as the one behind Union Co-op.
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I ponly had a blood sample taken - so all in all, just a little "prick" and 10 mins of my time.
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Originally Posted by bigtima9o.co0 View Post
I heard that there are several tests that need to be done prior to obtaining a residence permit/visa in the UAE. What sort of tests are these and what do they look for? I would greatly appreciate help from expats who have recently located within the last 6 months to 1 year because I am not sure if the standards are the same.
If you are nervous about having possibly caught something unpleasant, take a blood test in your own country before travelling.
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I ponly had a blood sample taken - so all in all, just a little "prick" and 10 mins of my time.

interesting ...
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I ponly had a blood sample taken - so all in all, just a little "prick" and 10 mins of my time.
sounds like a night out with confucious
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The X-ray seems to depend on where you go for your test. I did my first in Deira and no X-ray was required. had my second one in Jebel Ali and there I had to have the X-Ray.
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sounds like a night out with confucious
...err, do enlighten us on the basis of this statement.....
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...err, do enlighten us on the basis of this statement.....
Use your imagination!
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