The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently joined the Gulf Cooperation Council”s medical check-up system, which requires various foreign nationals to undergo medical tests before as well as after arrival to the Gulf country where they will be commencing employment.
Since joining the scheme, UAE has just imposed a medical test for Sri Lankan and Indonesian nationals, which involves checking for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, leprosy, syphilis, malaria and HIV at an approved medical centre in the migrant”s home country. Migrant workers from these countries will then be required to submit to a second medical test upon arriving in the UAE.
The scheme is aimed at reducing the spread of infectious diseases, instances of which have increased among workers from certain countries.
If the plans prove effective and can be implemented on a wider scale, the new pre-arrival medical test requirement will be introduced for migrant workers entering the UAE from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sudan.
Newland Chase advises that assignees hoping to transfer to the UAE from Sri Lanka and Indonesia should be extremely careful in ensuring all vaccines and medical records are up to date. We will provide more information as soon as it is available as to whether the scheme will be rolled out to the further eight countries mentioned above.