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Hepatitis B positive can work in Dubai?

Postby bebe » 22 May 2009, 16:56

hi!
I just want to know if somebody had a hepatitis-B can still work in dubai or somewhere in middle east countries?
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Hepatitis B UAE visa

Postby shawarma » 22 May 2009, 17:55

[update]This information obsolete, law changed for Hepatitis B and C tests, see last post[/update]

Hello bebe and welcome to the Dubai forums.

Sorry to give you bad news but no :(. When you apply for a UAE residence visa, the medical check includes a blood test for Hepatitis B and C, HIV (AIDS), Leprosy, and Syphillis (and pregnancy if you're a housemaid). After a change in the law in July 2008, Hepatitis B was included in the list of deportable diseases, which is now:

Hepatitis B
HIV - AIDS
Leprosy
Tuberculosis

Unclear if Hepatitis C is included or not (despite the statement in the Gulf News last year - see below). Syphillis is not deportable but is treated.
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Hepatitis B C deportable?

Postby shawarma » 22 May 2009, 17:57

According to an Xpress report 03 July 2008 (www.xpress4me.com/news/uae/dubai/20008423.html):

Dr Mahmoud Fikree, CEO of Health Policies at the Ministry of Health, said ... "According to the law, any person with tuberculosis will be deported. Anyone with hepatitis B will also be deported. The previous law covered hepatitis B, TB and leprosy, but it was under a different category,"


According to a Gulf News report 21 April 2008 (www.gulfnews.com/nation/Health/10207334.html):

Dr Ali Al Marzouqi, Director of General and Public Health at Dubai Health Authority, told Gulf News ... "It's for everyone - for new and renewing of visas. Anyone who tests positive for hepatitis C virus [HCV] will be deported,"


There's still a question mark about Hepatitis C though I think.
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Hepatitis vs TB patients. Can they come back into UAE?

Postby jameela » 09 Jul 2009, 20:14

How can a deported TB/Hepatitis patient get back into the country?
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Deported Hepatitis B Dubai re-entry

Postby shawarma » 10 Jul 2009, 09:21

I can only think of two ways.

1. By avoiding passport and immigration controls (which is illegal and obviously not to be recommended).
2. Wait for the law to change (which I think is unlikely).

If the person does not have TB / Hepatitis then they might be able to apply for a re-test but they should contact the Dubai immigration department for details on whether that is possible or not, and the procedure if it is.
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Change in law for testing Hepatitis B in Dubai

Postby shawarma » 12 Oct 2010, 15:32

shawarma wrote:2. Wait for the law to change (which I think is unlikely).


Well, sometimes the law does change. There was news reported in August 2010, and another announcement last week.

No more tests for Hepatitis C.
Tests for Hepatitis B only for 6 job categories: domestic workers, food industry workers (restaurants, cafes, etc), barbers and health spas or similar ...

It might not be immediate that the tests are cancelled, especially in emirates other than Dubai. Sometimes new laws are announced but old laws continue to be followed for weeks or months.

Updated information here about Hepatitis B and C tests in Dubai.

And here's a discussion topic started about the new law for Hepatitis tests.
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