Sunday, 19 January 2014

UAE Visit visa re entry rule

A visitor to UAE needs to get a new entry permit to re-enter the country once he or she leaves from the UAE through any exit point for any destination. The new visit entry permit will be issued only after 30 days from the date the visitor leaves the UAE.
People coming in visas for visit, tourism and transit are valid only for a single entry into the UAE. So visitors visiting a neighbouring country like Oman or Saudi Arabia cannot return to the country using the same permit.

This rule is applicable even if the visitor leave the country before the expiry of their entry permits.

Multiple entry is possible only through multiple entry visas. This is available for businessmen who need frequent visit to the UAE and have a relationship with a reputable company here.This type of visa is valid for six months from the issue date and has to pay a fee of Dh1000. However, each businese visit must not exceed 30 days. Visitor, tourist and transit visas are issued only for single entry.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Visa Medical Test in Abu Dhabi

Visa medical test is a part of residence visa stamping in Abu Dhabi. You will have to carry out medical test at an authorised medical centre run by SEHA. Go to the SEHA medical centre near Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi or medical centre in Mussafah. Make the booking in advance to avoid the rush at the centre. Get to the centre on your appointment date and get the token and wait for your number. Residence visa stamped in the passport is a must for long term living in Abu Dhabi.

The medical test contains blood test and x-ray of the chest and will cost AED 290. Expats who are over the age of 18 years should go through the medical check-up and obtain the certificate. This medical certificate is a necessary document to submitted along with a new or renewal residence visa application.The medical examination is not done for ages below 18 years.

After the Medical Test you will receive the medical fitness certificate within 48 hours. Health Insurance is mandatory in Abu Dhabi and you will be required to get the medical insurance for the family once the medical tests are done.

Types of Tests Required for each Category

Physical examination is required for all screening categories.
Screening to detect pulmonary tuberculosis by chest x-ray is must for all screening Categories
Blood test for HIV is done for all screening Categories
Blood test for hepatitis B is a must for the below category.
  • Workers in nurseries
  • Domestic workers including Housemaids,
  • Private drivers
  • Food handlers & workers in restaurants
  • Workers  Saloons, barbers  & health clubs
Blood test for syphilis if done for below category.
  • Workers in nurseries
  • Domestic workers including Housemaids,
  • Private drivers
  • Food handlers & workers in restaurants
  • Workers  Saloons, barbers  & health clubs
  • Pregnancy test for females Domestic workers including Housemaids

Friday, 3 January 2014

Expats advised to book visa medical test

Residents of the Abu Dhabi city are advised to book an appointment for the medical test requirement for residence visa stamping. This is encouraged by SEHA to avoid unnecessary delays and long ques at DPSC.

The medical test appointments can be made at DPSC (Disease Prevention and Screening Centres).  The centres will be open from 7am and booking can be made by calling the DPSC or the Ambulatory Health Services call centre.

Abu Dhabi residents mainly uses the main DPSC on Hazza Bin Zayed Street which has faced long ques in the last week with people waiting for the medical test procedure.

Dr Mubarak Al Darmaki, DPSC director at AHS, told that the centres get 3000 to 4500 applicants on a daily basis in two centres. Arriving at the centre before 8am on normal days other than Sundays and Mondays will help the people to avoid the rush.

The Hazza Bin Zayed Street centre and DPSC Mussaffah are two centres in Abu Dhabi for conducting visa related medical tests. The AHS management is planning to increase the number of DPSC centres and their capacity to process applications in line with the growing residents though details are not available for this nor it is confirmed.

The visa medical test procedure in Abu Dhabi has four steps:

  • The applicant details are registered
  • Applicant photo is taken in the system
  • A general physical examination which includes checking for infectious diseases like leprosy is performed
  • Final step is blood test followed by chest x-ray.

Fees for medical test range from Dh250 to Dh350 per person.The centres also has the facility for fast-track and premium processing at extra charges.

Residents has the option to choose the centre where they would like to perform the medical-test.
Recent rush is due to several factors such as immigration laws and financial conditions. The change in residence visa validity from 3 to 2 years for some expatriates, the linking of the Emirates ID with visa, and requirements for health insurance in other emirates in UAE.

In Abu Dhabi, medical tests for visa stamping is provided by the DPSC, which is under AHS management. The AHS is a part of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), which manages all public health care facilities in the Abudhabi emirate.

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