Dubai visa now requires medical insurance

August 12, 2015
The earlier announced Dubai Health Authority (DHA) mandatory health insurance scheme is now confirmed to be into effect.

Residents that are applying for the new visa or renewal must now be able to validate that they have covered under the medical insurance, unless they were not part of the last phase that has a deadline till June 2016.

Dubai visa makes medical insurance mandatory

The companies that have greater than 100 employees shall now comply with new rules, as the rules apply from this month.

While applying for a new visa or a visa renewal, a medical certificate must be provided, and all the insurance companies should provide this document for free of charge.

The medical certificate is a document provided by the insurance company stating that a person is covered by medical insurance, explained Haidar Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding, DHA.

"When visiting the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), this document must be presented along with other documents required for a visa or visa renewal.  

"When applying online, there is an option to upload the document when submitting the application," he continued to explain.

The visitors coming to emirates should also have the medical insurance coverage upon they enter into Dubai, and the details about this part of the scheme will be announced later.

"The online application procedure had to be fine-tuned, but once that was done the system was in place. It is now fully implemented," said Al Yousuf.

At present, Phase 1 covered the companies with the employees more than 1000 and Phase 2 covered the companies with employees ranging 100 and 999, and also companies having less than 100 employees, domestic workers, dependents and spouses are the part of Phase 3 rollout.

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