UAE: visas for medical treatment

Entry and Exit Stamp of the United Arab Emirates in a german Passport

The UAE has updated information on how to obtain a visa for medical treatment in the country.

To help patients wanting to receive medical treatment in the UAE, immigration authorities have made it easier for foreign patients and their family members to apply for visas.

According to, the official website of the UAE government, foreign patients can enter the UAE for treatment under the sponsorship of a government or private hospital. It is the responsibility of the medical establishment to apply for the medical treatment entry permit upon the patient’s request.

Documents and details required for a UAE medical treatment visa include:

  • A copy of the patient’s passport.
  • A letter from a licenced hospital, explaining the reasons for the visit.
  • A recent bank statement to prove financial security.

If a patient is seeking medical treatment in Dubai, they will need to apply for a ‘Medical Entry Permit’ from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA). There are two types of these entry permits:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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).  These visas also offer single and multiple entry permits.