The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) medical center locations are well-organized and hygienically maintained on par with international standards. All of the required check-ups can be done here along with blood tests and chest x-ray. The blood test is done to check for any transmissible diseases such as HIV, while x-ray of chest area is done to check for Tuberculosis (TB).
Those with previous scars of TB are not eligible to get their visas stamped. In such cases, the blood tests are done, and if positive, the applicant will be deported from Dubai. Therefore, if you think you are suffering from any communicable disease, it is advised to review it first in your home country.
Medical Tests to be Done
- Blood test
- Chest X-ray
- Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
- HIV / Aids
- Pregnancy tests
Note: Not all of the above tests are required for all categories of workers. Specific categories will be
Procedure and Results To take up the tests, you will have to fill up the test form in Arabic. To take up the tests, you will have to fill up the test form in Arabic, and submit it along with two passport photos, a receipt fee paid for health card and the test fee. The blood tests will be done for communicable diseases. You may also have to undergo a chest X-ray to test for TB, while female domestic workers may also be required to take a pregnancy test. The number of tests to be done would depend on the category of job that you plan to take.
Documents Required for a New Visa
Letter from typing office in Arabic
- Two passport-size photographs
- Health card receipt or number
- Test fee (whatever applicable at your time of applying)
- Your original passport
- The government hospital has a separate ladies area, making the wait a little shorter for women.
Documents Required For Visa Renewal
- Copy of residence permit attached to passport
- Two latest passport-size photographs
- Locally accredited labor card or ID card
- Test fee (whatever applicable at your time of applying)
- Your copy of original passport
On passing medical tests, you need to get a health card which entitles you to subsidized health care at government-run hospitals and clinics. The health card should be renewed each year, but you only need to take a new medical test when your visa is up for renewal. You will require a health card number, and if you do not have one, visit e-Health Card site for applying for a temporary number. The health card number will be required for future enquiries or references. Check the mobile number that you provide, as you will receive SMS notification about the test result to complete DNRD Residency procedures.
On completing all your tests, collect your receipts and you may have to return to collect your results three days later. If the blood tests turn out positive for any communicable disease, you will be deported from UAE.
You may also receive your test results via SMS, if you have provided the correct mobile number. Once
you have the results, you will be able to go ahead with DNRD Residency procedures.
Recently, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), announced the introduction of ‘Tawajud Express’ service, which helps in offering medical fitness test results within four hours of sample collection. The normal medical test application will take two to three hours, and the report will be sent through Zajel courier services within two days.
Also, for workers in health facilities, screening of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C would be conducted to preserve their health, given their constant interaction with patients.
These decisions have been implemented across preventive medicine centers since 2016, in order to control spread of communicable diseases and facilitate residential procedures.
Medical Fitness Centers in Dubai
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is offering medical testing services, and the earlier service offered by Dubai municipality clinic (DMC) is no-longer available. Thereafter, the issuance of occupational health cards for food handlers, salon workers, barbers, beauticians, nurses, kindergarten staff, health club and fitness center employees will be done by DHA.
There are 16 DHA medical fitness centers. The medical tests can also be done at private clinics, but, they are very expensive and not all private clinics are authorized by DHA.
Plans are also on to expand the existing medical fitness centers aimed at improving geographical accessibility, with the Dubai Health Authority opening two more medical fitness centers at Bur Dubai and other regions of the city.
Medical Fitness Law in Dubai
The screening tests requirement is based on the Federal Laws of the country to ensure a healthy living environment where the whole community in the UAE is protected against infectious diseases which may otherwise pose to be a threat to public health. As per law, those visiting the UAE for the first time should be subject to medical tests for tuberculosis, leprosy and HIV before they are granted Residence.
According to latest law, new expatriate workers in the categories of housemaids, babysitters, nursery and kindergarten employees, employees at barber shops, salons, beauty parlors, health clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, food outlets, food suppliers, drivers, etc., will have to undergo hepatitis tests, HIV Aids tests, when applying for visas and for visa renewals, and will be deported if found infected, or will have to get treated (in case of Hepatitis B).
The vaccinations shall be given to negative cases of Hepatitis B categories, provided, they should take three doses of the vaccine. They will then be provided with a vaccination certificate. At the time of residence visa renewal, they can present the vaccination certificate for approval or exemption from the vaccine. However, if the certificate is not presented at the time of renewal, then vaccination will have to be taken again at an additional fee of Dh. 500.
The law also mandates pregnancy tests for maids, female drivers and baby sitters. The sponsor is given the choice of whether or not to continue with visa application if the employee is pregnant. If the sponsor agrees to employ the employee in such a case, the sponsor will have to issue a written consent with his acknowledgement of the test result. In cases of illegal pregnancies, UAE Law considers such pregnancies as crime, and it could invite trouble and legal hassles. The pregnancy test will have to done before the other mandatory tests.
The law mandates deportation of all positive cases of the said diseases at the time of applying for residence visa or renewal, based on the medical check-up results. All concerned health authorities determined by the Health Ministry will have to abide and implement such procedures in accordance with vested authorization under the provisions of Federal Law referred to the above.
The law also mandates all Dubai residents to have a health card or private health insurance policy.