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Medical Test for UAE Residency

If you are seeking a UAE residency, read this guide to learn about the medical test requirements and more.

Published on
July 7, 2023

Planning to apply for UAE residency? The medical fitness test is a crucial step in the visa application process, and we're here to guide you through it. Our comprehensive guide provides all the essential information you need, including the importance of the test, cost, testing centers, exemptions, and more. 

By understanding the requirements and procedures, you can navigate the medical fitness test smoothly and ensure compliance with UAE regulations. Your health and well-being are paramount, and this test helps maintain a healthy environment for all residents in Dubai. 

Let's dive into the details and ensure a seamless visa application experience.

Why is a Medical Fitness Test Important?

A medical fitness test is a mandatory requirement in the last stage of your visa application process for UAE residency. Along with proof of compliant health insurance, the test ensures that you meet the health standards set by the UAE authorities. 

The medical test consists of two parts: 

  1. Blood test
  2. Chest X-ray

These examinations screen for various diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis B.

What is the Cost of a Medical Fitness Test?

In Dubai, a standard medical fitness test through the Typing Centers (government registered private companies authorized to process documentation for individuals and organizations for various government services) typically costs AED 322.5. However, the price may vary based on how quickly you need the test results. 

For urgent cases, you can opt for VIP services, starting from AED 432.5 for 48-hours results and AED 752.5 for 4-hours results. Email and SMS notifications will be shared once the test results are ready.

Where to Go for Medical Testing in Dubai?

In Dubai, there are multiple official medical fitness centers where you can undergo the required tests. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) manages several of these centers, such as Al Muhaisnah Medical Fitness Center, JLT Medical Fitness Center, and Dubai Health Care City (DHCC) Medical Fitness Center.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) also has preventive medicine departments in Dubai, such as Salah Al Din Preventive Medicine Center and Ibn Battuta Preventive Medicine Center.

Exemptions from the Medical Fitness Test

If you have applied or are looking to renew your tourist visa, you are exempted from the medical fitness test requirement.

Who is Required to Take the Medical Fitness Test?

The medical fitness test is mandatory for individuals holding a Dubai residence visa or those applying for a new one. Additionally, it is a requirement for individuals seeking family, new employment, or investor/partner visas.

Please be aware that it is mandatory for all residents, including expatriates, to maintain basic Dubai health insurance coverage throughout their stay. Prior to your relocation to the UAE, it is mandatory to have a proper health insurance plan in effect.

Those found to be HIV positive or having tuberculosis will be considered medically unfit and therefore will not be granted a residence visa. They will be deported immediately by the UAE’s authorities back to their country of origin.

Residents who are detected with dormant or inactive pulmonary tuberculosis are also considered medically fit. In this case, they are granted a one-year ‘Health Fitness Certificate for Residence’ subject to treatment and follow-up by the Department of Preventive Medicine or equivalent government health authority.

Hence, if you suspect to be suffering from a communicable disease it is advisable to get yourself tested in your home country first.

Final Words

By familiarizing yourself with the medical fitness test requirements and procedures, you can streamline your visa application process and ensure compliance with UAE regulations.

For VIPs, golden residency visa holders, and investors, Smart Salem in City Walk offers a cutting-edge solution. The Smart Medical Fitness Test is an AI-driven center that ensures a seamless process. 

Remember, your health and well-being are of utmost importance, and the medical fitness test helps to maintain a healthy environment for all residents in Dubai.

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