The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a well-developed and modern healthcare sector. Expats will find quality services in both the public and private sectors, although costs in the private sector are high and constantly increasing.
To live and work in the UAE, expats will need to obtain a Medical Fitness Certificate as residence visas won’t be issued without the certificate.
Expats must therefore undergo a full medical examination as prescribed by the government, either while in the UAE or before arriving. The exam includes blood tests and, if applying to move to Abu Dhabi, a chest x-ray. In Dubai and other emirates, chest x-rays aren’t taken as part of the testing. Throughout the UAE, anyone testing positive for TB or HIV/AIDS will not be granted a residence visa.