Individuals can now review their UAE ban due to TB scars.

Individuals can now review their UAE ban due to TB scars.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap)  has introduced a new verdict  that people with scars (not related to TB) will be allowed back into the UAE even after they have been banned. But the ban remains unchanged for people with active or old TB who are applying for a UAE visa for the first time.

In 2016, the UAE reviewed its laws on TB and issued a ministerial decree that allows residents to sponsor their spouses, children and parents with old and cured tuberculosis even in cases where a permanent immigration ban has been put in place.

The policy, however, remains unchanged for people with active or old TB who are applying for a UAE visa for the first time. Other rules also remain largely unchanged which means people applying for new visas and undergoing compulsory medical fitness testing under the UAE laws will continue to be tested for HIV, TB, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C and pregnancy tests for certain categories such as maids, salon workers and food handlers. If found suffering from any of these infectious diseases, they will not be allowed entry into the UAE as per the law. Workers in the above categories will continue to be vaccinated against Hepatitis.

“A family member residing in the UAE can apply for removal of a TB ban for family members exempted under the 2016 ruling by visiting the same centre where they were screened for the first time,” said the ministry spokesperson.

What is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.

Amended TB law

In 2016, the UAE reviewed its laws on TB and issued a ministerial decree that allows residents to sponsor their spouses, children and parents with old and cured tuberculosis even in cases where a permanent immigration ban has been put in place.

How expats can lift the immigration ban:

>Go to the same fitness centre where the family member was first tested

>Provide latest test reports to the health centre

>The health centre will send an “all clear” report to the Ministry of Interior  to lift the ban

Compulsory medical tests for visas under the UAE law:

>HIV

>TB

>Syphilis

>Hepatitis B and C

>Pregnancy tests for certain categories

Courtesy: Khaleej Times

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