Health is an important issue for anyone. In the UAE, there are no specific risks although the climate can be harsh during the summer months. No special immunizations are required.
The quality of health care and facilities in Sharjah is generally good. You have a choice of public and private hospitals, clinics, and individual practitioners to choose from.
It is a requirement for expatriates to have a health card in order to live and work in the UAE. These cards are available to all residents of the UAE for a fee. The medical is usually done at the Public Health Clinic, however some of the private hospitals also offer this service.
Listed below is the necessary paperwork required to apply for a
- Passport photocopy
- Covering letter from sponsor
- Visa application or photocopy
- 2 passport size photographs
- Ministry of Health form duly filled
- Dhs 300 for the health card
- Dhs 200 for the medical examination
For a renewal:
- Last health card
- Passport copy with visa stamp
- Same as above from Nos. 4 to 7
You will find typists, a photocopier and people to explain and help you through the procedure.
It can be quite hectic and time consuming, so try and go as early in the morning as possible.
A health card will give you access to the government hospitals listed below. If you do not have a health card, the government hospitals are open in case of emergency only and for up to 24 hours stay. If you have health insurance, you can also choose to use the private hospitals and clinics. Without insurance private medical care is costly.