How do you get a Visa for Medical Treatment in UAE?

In order to accommodate individuals from other countries who wish to obtain medical treatment in UAE, immigration officials have simplified the process to get a visa for foreign patients and their relatives. According to UAE government’s official website, those from other countries who need medical attention can enter the UAE if they are endorsed by either a public or private hospital. It is the responsibility of the medical institution to make an application for the medical treatment entry permit once the patient has requested it.

Seeking Medical Treatment in UAE:

Individual seeking medical treatment in Dubai:

Individuals searching for medical treatment in Dubai must submit an application for a ‘Medical Entry Permit’ to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA).

Individual seeking medical treatment in In Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates

For Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, foreign patients will need to apply for a medical treatment visa through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP).

There are two types of entry permits:

  1. Medical Treatment Entry Permit  – Single Entry:
  2. Medical Treatment Entry Permit  – Multiple Entry
  1. Medical Treatment Entry Permit  – Single Entry: The holder of this visa must enter the UAE within 60 days from the date of issue and stay for 90 days from the date of entry.
  2. Medical Treatment Entry Permit  – Multiple Entry: This visa also has a validity of 60 days, with a permitted stay of 90 days from the date of entry. However, the stay can be extended under this visa, if a medical report is submitted, stating that the patient needs to continue treatment.


  1. Patient’s passport copy
  2. A letter from a licenced hospital, explaining the reasons for the visit
  3. Recent bank statement to prove financial security
  4. Passport copy of the companion
  5. Companion’s health insurance


The cost may vary from Dh85 to Dh100, depending on which type of visa you apply for.

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