Tuberculosis, a deadly contagious disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. tuberculosis transmits through the microscopic droplets released into the air which makes it highly contagious in mass gatherings. TB can be spread by an affected person’s cough, sneeze, and even if that person is talking. Tuberculosis or (TB) is a critical disease that first affects the lungs and then moves on to the kidney, heart, and spine.
Tuberculosis after all is a highly contagious disease and still poses danger with vaccination and so the UAE authorities take preventive measures to protect its citizens. The council of ministries in February 2016 issued a new resolution amending the medical examination system for the new arrivals in UAE on work permits. The new regulation obliges the new residence permit applicants, and visa renewal applicants to take health screening for communicable diseases.
The most frequently asked question by UAE Visa applicants.
Is my UAE visa canceled because of a TB scar?
What do I do if I have TB?
Does TB affect my UAE visa application?
Below we have provided comprehensive information for visa applicants affected by tuberculosis.
What happens if you have TB scars on health screening?
TB Testing For New Visa Applicants
According to the visa regulations, applicants that are reapplying after cancellation and if the report suggests active TB or TB scars then unfortunately the application will be denied immediately. On the other hand, applicants who have arrived in the UAE will be granted a temporary visa for treatment and isolation if diagnosed with active TB.
The applicant must comply with the treatment and follow-ups to avoid deportation from the UAE.
On the contrary, new visa applicants who are a member of the consular corps, a diplomat, a leading investor (determined by the business licensing authority), or a direct relative of UAE residents including individuals studying under the sponsorship of school in UAE will be granted UAE visa regardless. However, they will be required to follow the strict restrictions and treatment conservative for a year till free of infection.
UAE has strict health screening restrictions for categories of
Workers in nurseries
Domestic workers including housemaids, nannies, and drivers
Food handlers and workers in restaurants and cafes
Workers in saloons and beauty centers
Workers in health clubs
Expatriates who are currently living in the country are allowed to sponsor their spouses, children, and parents with TB scars and active TB under compliance with the treatment protocol.
TB Testing for UAE Visa Renewal
Previously according to the UAE laws, any expatriates in the UAE diagnosed with TB would be deported with immediate effect however laws have changed.
UAE visa renewable applicants whose reports indicate old TB scars, active TB, or drug-resistant TB are provided a year conditional residence visa. Through the residence visa applicants, it is demanded the applicant visit prevent health care centers thrice for follow up and treatment until cured. All residents must carry a health card according to UAE laws.
How is Tuberculosis Treated?
In UAE it is mandatory under the law to acquire health care or health insurance for individuals as well as families. According to the international TB protocol, all UAE residents and their first-degree relatives including spouses, parents, and children are eligible for free TB treatment at all designated treatment centers in UAE.
The active recipients of TB are considered stable and non-infectious within four weeks of the treatment. However, further isolation is advised till the individual is infection-free.
Latent TB infection (LTBI) is considered easier to treat than active TB due to the lesser presence of active TB. for previously affected TB recipients are advised to take the full course of prescribed medicines as they are at risk of developing active TB again.
LTBI recipients are recommended a six-month or nine-month course of isoniazid. A three-month regimen of weekly rifapentine plus isoniazid is also recommended with an alternative of 3–4 months isoniazid plus rifampicin, or 3–4 months rifampicin with periodic screening.
The recipients are advised to take prescriptions to avoid the TB bacteria becoming drug-resistant.
The information is subject to change according to the UAE laws and visa regulations. all changes are updated at the official website of the emirates if any occurrence.
With the right treatment, TB can be subdivided and controlled. preventive measures can help you eliminate LTBI progression. only 5 to 10 infected with latent TB develop the active at different times of their lives. TB can reoccur within weeks of treatment if your immune system is not strong enough. which is why a TB test and health screening are important for a UAE visa application.
The most common TB preventive measure is a vaccine named Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) commonly effective in children.
Al ain visa medical screening centers are located across the UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah for visa applicants screening for communicable diseases such as
HIV and AIDS screening