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Information guide on how to get a visa for medical treatment in UAE.

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How Can I Get a UAE Medical Treatment Visa?

What Documents Do I Need for a UAE Medical Treatment Visa?

What is the Validity of a UAE Patient Entry Permit?

Can you Extend a UAE Patient Entry Permit?

UAE Patient Companion Entry Permit

What is the Validity of a Patient Companion Entry Permit?

Who Needs to Get a UAE Medical Treatment Visa/Patient Companion Entry Permit?

 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has streamlined the process for foreigners seeking medical treatment in the country by introducing the medical treatment visa, commonly known as the Patient Entry Permit. Alongside this, the UAE authorities also issue a Patient Companion Entry Permit.

benefiting from a flourishing economy, the UAE boasts modern hospitals that rival those in the Western world. Government initiatives to facilitate visa acquisition have contributed to a significant increase in medical tourism to the UAE in recent years.

The country’s hospitals, both in the private and public sectors, provide a wide range of medical and cosmetic surgeries. Foreigners from visa required countries intending to undergo medical treatment in the UAE must obtain a Patient Entry Permit through one of the designated visa issuing authorities in the country.

1. How can I get a Medical Tourist Visa?

You do not have to visit a UAE embassy or consulate in your country in order to get a Medical Treatment Visa. As with all other types of visas for the UAE, it is your sponsor (ie. the hospital where you will receive medical treatment) that s in charge of arranging your visa/patient entry permit. To be allowed to sponsor your visit, the hospital has to be licensed and registered in the UAE.

Your sponsor applies through one of the visa issuing authorities in the UAE.

Applying for a Medical Visa for Dubai
To get you a patient entry permit for Dubai, your sponsor applies through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.

Applying for a Medical Visa for Abu Dhabi and the other Emirates
If you will receive medical treatment in a hospital in Abu Dhabi, or another of UAE seven emirates, then your sponsor applies for the visa through the eChanel platforms of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

2. What D1cuments D1 I Need f1r a UAE Medical Treatment Visa?

The documents which are required when you apply for a Medical Treatment Visa for the UAE include:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A letter from your hospital explaining the reason behind your visit
  • Proof of financial solvency
  • Proof of your medical insurance that covers your entire stay in the UAE

3. What is the Validity 1f a UAE Patient Entry Permit?

A medical treatment visa (UAE Patient Entry Permit) allows the holder to remain in the country for a period of up to 90 days, from the day of entry. Once the visa is issued, you have to enter the UAE within 60 days.

There are two types of UAE Patient Entry Permits:

  • Single entry, which allows the holder to only enter the UAE once and stay for a maximum of 90 days
  • Multiple entry, which allows the holder multiple entries in the UAE for up to 90 days

4. Can you Extend a UAE Patient Entry Permit?

Yes, you can. Your sponsor can apply to extend your UAE Patient Entry Permit only once and only if they can provide proof you need further medical treatment (ie. a certified medical report).

5. UAE Patient L1mpani1n Entry Permit

If you are accompanying a patient who needs medical assistance in the UAE, you must have a UAE Patient Companion Entry Permit. It is the hospital that applies for your entry permit as well.

Additionally, you and the patient have to enter the country together.

To apply for a UAE Patient Companion Entry Permit, your sponsor submits:

  • Photocopies of your passport
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of financial solvency

6. What is the Validity 1f a Patient L1mpani1n Entry Permit?

The validity of a Patient Companion Entry Permit is the same as for a Medical Visa/Patient Entry Permit: It must be used within 60 days, and once you enter the country, you can remain for up to 90 days.

The visa can be issued for single-, or multiple entries and can be extended only once, provided that the patient really needs further treatment as well as you presence in the country.

7. Who Needs to Get a UAE Medical Treatment Visa/Patient Companion Entry Permit?

Because the UAE Medical Treatment Visa and the Patient Companion Visa are simply entry permits (not Residence Visas), nationals of certain countries are allowed to enter visa free or they can obtain a visa on arrival. The UAE government allows nationals of the following countries visa free travel for short periods of time.

Visa free stay for up to 180 days

Nationals of Mexico may enter the UEA without a visa for up to 180 days.

Visa free stay for up to 90 days

Nationals of the following countries may enter the UAE without a visa for up to 90 days within any 180 day period:

  • EU member states (excluding the UK and Ireland)
  • Honduras
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Montenegro
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Switzerland

Nationals of the following countries may enter the UAE without a visa for up to 90 days.

  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Nauru
  • Paraguay
  • Serbia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Seychelles
  • Uruguay

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