How to get a medical aptitude test in the United Arab Emirates

Dubai: Do you want to move to the United Arab Emirates as a resident? If so, you will need to take a medical aptitude test to complete the visa application process. But what is medical fitness testing and how can you apply for it? Here is everything you need to know.

According to the official website of the UAE government, foreign citizens must be free from all forms of communicable diseases, such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and tuberculosis (tuberculosis).

In addition, the following categories of workers must test negative for syphilis and hepatitis B:

• Nursery workers
• Domestic workers, including maids, nannies, and drivers
• Food handlers and restaurant and cafeteria workers
• Salon and beauty center workers
• Health club workers
• Domestic workers must have a negative pregnancy test.

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi screens foreign nationals for pulmonary tuberculosis by chest X-ray; however, the emirate of Dubai does not, according to the uae.

A new Cabinet Resolution was passed in 2016. Under this resolution, all resident expatriates while renewing their residence visas are required to undergo tuberculosis screening. Those with scarring or active TB or who have drug-resistant TB will receive a conditional fitness certificate and a one-year residency visa. They will then have to undergo treatment in the United Arab Emirates.

When should I take a medical fitness test?

Medical fitness tests are required when applying for a new residence or work visa or at the time of visa renewal. The medical aptitude test is not required for residents under the age of 18.

Where can I take a medical fitness test?

In the United Arab Emirates, there are different health authorities that you will need to visit, depending on the Emirate that has issued your visa:

• Abu Dhabi – Center for Disease Detection and Prevention, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)
• Dubai: Medical Fitness Centers, Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
• Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain – Medical Examination Centres, Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP)

Once you have applied for your visa at an immigration customer satisfaction center (Amer in Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship – ICP – in other Emirates), you will need to take your physical fitness test.

Required documents

When you go to your medical fitness test, make sure you bring the following documents with you:

– Copy of the entry permit (for a new visa) or copy of the residence visa (for visa renewal)
– original passport
– Original Emirates ID (for visa renewal)
– Clear photography
– A mobile number and email.

Medical aptitude test in Abu Dhabi

Earlier this year, Seha launched the SEHA Visa Screening app to make it easier for applicants to get a booking at any of the 12 Disease Screening and Prevention Centers located in Abu Dhabi. This is how you can book an appointment with the app:

1. Download the ‘Seha Visa Screening’ app available for Apple and Android devices.
2. Open the app and sign in with your email address, Emirates ID and mobile number. You will also be prompted to select a username and password.
3. You will receive a one-time password via email and SMS.
4. Enter both passwords.
5. You will then be asked to upload a copy of your passport and visa page.
6. Once you have registered, log in with your username and password.
7. Click on ‘Request Appointment’.
8. Select the area of ​​the emirate you live in: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain or Al Dhafra.
9. Select the registration center of your choice.
10. Next, enter your UID number.
11. Next, select the date and time of the appointment from the available slots.
12. Once you have successfully booked the appointment, you will receive an appointment confirmation via the app and via SMS.

Green Pass required

It is important to note that once you have booked the appointment, you must ensure that you have the Green Pass active in the Al Hosn app at the time of the appointment, as it will be required to enter the facility. This means getting a PCR test within 15 days of your appointment if you are fully vaccinated (including having your booster dose if you are eligible) and within two days of your appointment if you are not fully vaccinated.

Cost of medical aptitude test:

250 dirhams for regular application
Results in 48 hours or sooner if you receive an SMS.

Medical aptitude test in Dubai

Step 1 – Fill out your Medical Fitness Test Request Form

In Dubai, you will first need to visit a DHA-approved medical typing facility to complete an application form. You can find a DHA-approved medical typing center near you by following these steps:

1. Visit
2. In the right side menu, click ‘DHA Installations’.
3. Click on ‘Occupational Health and Medical Fitness Examination’.
4. In the dropdown menu, click on ‘DHA Approved Medical Typing Centers’ to find the one closest to you.
5. Go to the typing center with the documents required to fill out the application form.

Step 2: Make the payment

By completing the application form, you will also need to pay for the test. If you want to receive your test result sooner, you can pay for a premium service.

Medical Aptitude Test Cost

Normal – 250 dirhams
Regular test for home, domestic employees (24 working hours) – 300 dirhams

Step 3: Take the Medical Fitness Test

Once you have completed the application form, you need to find a medical fitness testing center near you. To do that, search for ‘medical fitness centers’ on the same web page you found typing centers on.

Next, you must go to the center with the following documents:

– Application form
– Original passport or a clear copy of your passport, or an ID card (mandatory)
– Copy of residence permit
– Mobile number and email address
– Clear photography
– In case of change of visa, a change of status paper must be shown

Once you have completed the test, you will receive the result within 24 hours.

According to the DHA, if you don’t receive your medical fitness certificate within five business days, visit the medical fitness center one more time.

In addition to the medical fitness test, the hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine is required for the following categories and costs 40 dirhams:

1. nannies
2. Maids or similar categories
3. Nursery and kindergarten supervisors
4. Workers of hairdressing salons, beauty centers and health clubs.
5. Workers of food handling, processing and control authorities
6. Cafeteria and restaurant workers

Other Emirates

For visas issued in Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain, you will need to visit a medical examination center operated by MOHAP.

To find a medical exam center near you, visit

You would need to bring the following documents with you:

1. Copy of Valid Passport.
2. Valid copy of residence permit/visa.
3. Two passport-size photographs with a white background.
4. Copy of valid Emirates ID (only for residency visa renewal)

At the center, fill out the application form and pay for the medical fitness test.

Once you have taken the test, you will receive the result within 48 hours.

Medical Aptitude Test Cost

– All categories (except vaccination and female domestic service) – 260 Dh
– All categories (including vaccination) – Dh310
– Female Home Domestic Service – 360 Dh

Once you have received your medical aptitude test report, you can proceed with the visa application process. To learn more about the steps you need to take, read our detailed guide here.

– The writer is an intern at Gulf News.

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