UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has cancelled the requirement of a health card to undertake a medical test for a residence visa in the country.
“#UAE_MOHAP cancelled the requirement of issuing a #health_card for the #medical_test for Residents,” the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention yesterday tweeted from its official Twitter handle.
This means that those applying for a UAE residence visa need not apply for a medical insurance or health card prior to undertaking a medical test.
The insurance/health card will be required only after the person clears the medical test.
“The new decree has eliminated the need for a health card in order to get a medical test done for residence visa eligibility. Now an individual can go for a medical test first,” Dr Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Centres and Clinics at the ministry, told Gulf News.
“Only if he clears that in the next stage before the visa stamping will he be asked to furnish either a medical insurance or health card and both will be acceptable,” he added.
No more health cards from June
This move has been taken keeping in mind that residents from Dubai will all have mandatory health insurance cover and will not have a health card any more from June this year.
According to the Dubai Health Insurance Law No. 11 of 2013, which came into effect on January 1, 2014, all Dubai residents – employees and dependents of sponsors (including domestic workers) – must be covered under at least the basic health insurance coverage by June 30, 2016.
Health insurance is still needed for visitors
Visitors to the country, however, will continue to require travel health insurance as before.
Such insurance is mandatory for anyone applying for a visit visa or tourist visa. Nationalities who avail of visas on arrival are currently exempt from this regulation.