Urgent.. a new decision obligating all incoming travelers (residence and visit visas) to have health insurance

The Federal Authority for Identity, Nationality, Customs and Port Security obligated foreigners coming to the country to provide a valid health insurance document within the country, as part of the requirements for issuing recently updated visitor visas, in addition to the new residences such as gold and virtual work.

The procedures for issuing new visas, including a five-year tourist visa, a truck drivers entry visa, and a visitor visa for treatment, include mandatory health insurance when applying for it, while submitting a health insurance document is optional for a business exploration opportunity visa and a job exploration visa. However, a health insurance fee of 120 dirhams is collected as part of the visa issuance fee.

Inquiries were received to "Emirates Today" from readers, about the obligation to provide health insurance when issuing the golden residence in the country, as well as when issuing entry visas, especially the long-term tourist visa (five years). The new executive regulations of the Law of Entry of Foreigners, regarding the requirements for issuing a golden residency for foreigners, stipulate that he have a comprehensive health insurance for him and his family members, effective when applying for a golden residency, or as is in force with the competent local authority.

It also stipulated that in order to retain the golden residence permit, he must maintain a valid health insurance for him and his family members throughout the validity period of the residence, or as is in force with the competent local authority.

With regard to normal residence, the executive regulations for granting a foreigner a residence permit in the country stipulated that he enjoy health insurance for the duration of his stay in the country. It also stipulated, as part of the requirements for issuing a visitor visa for treatment, that the beneficiary should have health insurance, and that the prescribed financial guarantee should be provided.

In a related context, several local insurance companies have launched health insurance policies designed for visitors to the country, which are among the official requirements for granting tourist entry visas, and protect them in emergency medical cases, and the expenses incurred during the visit.

The Federal Authority for Identity, Nationality, Customs and Port Security issues eight types of temporary visit visas that may be granted to foreigners to enter the country, whether for a single trip or for several trips, and may be extended for a similar period or periods.

Visas are classified according to the purpose of the visit, which are: tourism, visit a relative or friend, work assignment, explore job opportunities, explore business establishment opportunities, treatment, study, training or qualification, and courtesy visa.

Entry visa extension

The executive regulations of the Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners, which have finally entered into force, have specified the duration of stay for the entry visa for the visit, as it indicated that the visitor’s stay is determined by the purpose of his coming to the country as determined by the authority in this regard, and in all cases, the stay period should not exceed a year It is also permissible, by a decision of the head of the authority or whom he authorizes, to extend the entry visa for the visit for a similar period or periods, in the event that the seriousness of the reason for the extension is proven, and the fees due are paid.

The regulation indicated that the entry visa for a visit is valid to enter the country for a period of 60 days, starting from the date of its issuance, and it can be renewed for similar periods after paying the prescribed fee.