Deadline for mandatory insurance cover ends on March 31

Fines for Dubai residents who do not have mandatory health insurance will be added to their visa renewal and cancellation fees of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs with effect from April 1, a top official has said.

Reminding all residents that they must secure the mandatory cover before the extended deadline ends on March 31, Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, director of health funding at Dubai Health Authority, said, “The fine will be imposed on sponsors and employers, and not the employees. Dubai residents who fail to secure mandatory health insurance cover will face a fine of Dh500 per month. Apart from the fine, no new visa will be granted and no existing visas renewed without health insurance.”

Coverage for visitors must also be provided by December 31, 2017 as per the new Executive Council Resolution No 6, 2017, endorsed by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

What can residents who have not yet got their health insurance in place do in the last minute?

As Robin Ali, head of practice at Consilient, said, “Doing nothing is not the answer. Visa applications will be denied if family members do not have cover when they come to apply or renew. It may be better for a family to obtain whatever cover they can at whatever price they can afford ahead of the deadline and then spend time over the following 12 months researching more suitable options so that at renewal time, they can switch to a better plan.”



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