UAE Ministry explains the changes in expats’ residence visa medical test

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) held a press conference to explain the amendments approved by the Council of Ministers regarding the system of residency screening medical fitness.

The health card requirement for a medical examination for expats has been cancelled, Emirates 24|7 reported quoting a senior official from the Ministry.

“The health card requirement for a medical examination for expatriates has been cancelled,” said Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Rand, Assistant Undersecretary, MOHAP.

“After getting the fitness certificate, a person should apply to get either a health card or health insurance,” said Dr. Rand.

“A screening for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C will be conducted for workers in health facilities in order to preserve their health due to their constant interaction with patients,” he added.

Dr. Rand, pointed out that this decision has been implemented across preventive medicine centers since February.

Last year, 460,904 persons were screened for fitness in the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

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Dr Rand emphasised the Ministry’s commitment to protecting the community in light of the increasing number of ex-pats arriving to the UAE as a result of the economic boom, which has led to updating the preventive procedures and regulations to preserve community health.

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