Do you have a Health Card in Dubai? You better get one!

Health card in Dubai

Abu Dhabi has made it mandatory for companies to provide health insurance to their employees. Without insurance, visa will not be stamped for Expatriates. However, Dubai till now has not made it mandatory to have health insurance for employees. This is most often an additional facility provided to the employees. Many are luck enough to have Health Card or Insurance Coverage.

Why do you require Health Card?

Health Card is issued by Dubai Government to provide low cost alternative for providing medical services at Dubai based Government Hospitals like Dubai Hospital, Latifa Hospital, Rashid Hospital, Baraha Hospital and so on. The health card can also be used at Government clinics.

How do I apply for a Health Card?

Applying for Health Card is easy! You will need to collect the Application form for Health Card at any public hospital. You will then need to type the application in Arabic and submit to the hospital with necessary documents(mentioned below). Health Card is valid for a year and is renewable.

What are the documents required to apply for Health Card in Dubai?

  1. Passport Copy(Take copies of all relevant pages)(It is better to take original Passport).
  2. Visa Copy
  3. Visa Application copy(If you are applying for health card during your visa stamping process).
  4. Emirates ID.
  5. 2 Passport size photographs.
  6. Letter from your employer with the request.
  7. Completed application form in Arabic.
  8. Tenancy contract for Non-local patients.

Where can I apply for Health Card in Dubai?

You can apply for health card at:

  • Dubai Hospital
  • Rashid Hospital
  • Latifa Hospital

Registration form for Manual Application for Health Card

What are the costs of Health Card?

SL NoCategoryCost
1EXPATRAITE Health Card FEES FROM 0 UPTO 10 YEARS110
2EXPATRAITE Health Card FEES FROM 10 UPTO 18 YEARS210
3EXPATRAITE Health Card FEES FROM 18 YEARS AND ABOVE310
4NATIONAL Health Card FEES FROM 0 UPTO 10 YEARS25
5NATIONAL Health Card FEES FROM 10 UPTO 18 YEARS60
6NATIONAL Health Card FEES FROM 18 YEARS AND ABOVE110

I already have a company issued insurance coverage. Do I still need Health Card? What are the benefits of health card?

Answer is both Yes and No. It is upto you to decide. Normally private insurance companies have a lot of fine print in their policies. They may not cover certain serious illnesses such as Chemo Therapy and other complicated treatments. In such cases, your only dependency would be a Health Card. It is highly recommended that you apply for a Health Card Now. I have also heard of reports of increase in the costs for health card in Dubai. So you better hurry up.

Can I apply online for a Health Card?

Yes. Dubai Government’s IT savvyness means most of their services are online. Visit Dubai Health Authority website to Apply for Health Card online.

Reference: Dubai.ae, Dubai Health Authority

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  • Is health card mandatory for the people who are in Dubai on visit visa?
    Please reply soon.

      • Hi Deepak,
        Can you please advice where is it written in the law of health insurance of UAE that a person cannot have 2 medical cards (one from own employer and the other from spouse’s employer).

        Thanks and please revert ASAP.

  • Hi Deepak,
    Can you please advice where is it written in the law of health insurance of UAE that a person cannot have 2 medical cards (one from own employer and the other from spouse’s employer).

    Thanks and please revert ASAP.

  • Hi
    Can i know what is the diffarance between DHA health card and MOH health card and advantages for us. Becoz very big diffarance between them and

    DHA 110 aed for expact baby below 10 years
    MOH 550 aed

    I didnt know have any diffarance between them and i went to al baraha hospital thay charged 550 for that. Then i was checking with dha call center they informed al baraha handled by MOH they dont prise and DHA card prise is 110.

    Plz explain and publish good feedback for others like me. As i think i alredy pay more extra money for same thing.

    Thanks.