Life in Saudi Arabia is not a cakewalk. The country has very strict laws that govern everything, from how you dress to how much you drink. It can be pretty intimidating if you’re new to the country. And things don’t get any easier when it comes to renewing your residency permit.
For example, have you heard of Iqama medical tests? If the answer is no, don’t worry! We’ll help you out with this guide that covers everything about Iqama medical tests and their requirements, fees, and approved centers.
Saudi Arabia requires everyone from the age of 15 to have an Iqama. For this purpose, one needs to undergo a medical test which includes a blood sample and a chest X-ray.
All the expats coming to Saudi Arabia must undergo this medical examination before the issuance of their Iqama. If you are coming to Saudi Arabia for work or for residence, you will definitely need an Iqama (also called Muqeem Card).
What Is an Iqama Medical Certificate?
An Iqama medical certificate is a document that states that you are healthy and able to work in Saudi Arabia. It includes the results of a blood test, urine test, and chest x-ray.
Who Needs an Iqama Medical Certificate?
If you’re going to be working in Saudi Arabia, you need an Iqama medical certificate. If your employer sponsors you, they will arrange the exam for you through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If your employer doesn’t sponsor you, or if you’re going to be working as a freelancer or otherwise independently, you’ll need to arrange the exam yourself at one of the approved labs.
Iqama Medical Test Requirements:
In order to be eligible for an Iqama (residence permit) in Saudi Arabia, you must be free from any diseases that may pose a public health risk in the Kingdom. You must also be free from any communicable diseases such as gonorrhea, tuberculosis or leprosy. In addition, pregnant women may not be granted Iqamas until they give birth.
You must undergo several medical examinations in order to comply with Saudi Arabian regulations. The exact nature of these examinations depends on your gender and whether or not you are employed in certain professions (such as healthcare).
In order to get an Iqama medical test, there are a few documents you’ll need:
Your passport (original + copies)
A photo ID (original + copies)
Health card (original + copies)
6 unpaid cheques
Labor contract (original + copies)
Process of Iqama Medical Test
1. At the KSA MoI (Ministry of Interior) website, log in to your Absher account using your username and password. Select “My Services” from the dropdown menu. Click “Medical Checkup Services”. Click “Get Medical Report”.
2. The following screen will display the message that the request has been submitted successfully and the employee will be contacted by the medical center or hospital where he/she has to go for a medical test. The report will be sent electronically to the concerned authorities within 2 weeks after receiving it from the medical center or hospital.
3. You will receive a text message on your mobile phone with an authentication code to view and print your medical appointment time and location where you have to go for a medical check-up in Saudi Arabia.
4. If you have received a text message as mentioned below, then visit the MoI website again and enter your Absher login username and password, then click on the “My Services” option from the drop-down menu, then click on the “Medical Checkup Services” link. Enter the code you received via SMS in the box provided and press submit button to get your appointment date and time for Iqama.
Test Requirements for Asian and African Countries
Are you planning to go to Saudi for better job opportunities? Seems like a good idea, but before that, you should know about the Saudi medical test which is obligatory for expats who are coming from Asian and African countries.
The rules and regulations of Saudi Arabia demand those expats who are come from Asian and African countries are bound to take a separate medical test twice.
First, in their own countries from government-approved clinics and the second time when they arrive in Saudi Arabia.
However, here is the list of these countries whose citizens must take a medical test.
All African Countries
How much do Iqama medical tests cost?
You will have to pay for all medical tests yourself. The cost of each test depends on the company that performs it, and it may vary between different regions of Saudi Arabia.
The cost of medical tests is a one-time expense, and you will not have to pay again unless you change your profession or are asked to undergo new tests later.
Check Iqama Medical Test Report Via Efada
You can check your iqama medical test report via Efada. To do so, simply:
* Open the Efada website
Select the *Medical Report** tab on the left-hand side of the page
Fill in the form, and click *Submit**
Note: You must have your iqama number and passport number in order to check your results.
Check Iqama Medical Report Via MOH
The Saudi government has introduced a new system to check your iqama medical report online. Now you can check your iqama medical report by using the ministry of health portal. Simply, enter your iqama number and date of birth on the screen. This medical exam will help you to ensure that there is no record of contagious diseases in your body.
If you want to check your Iqama/MOI medical report, you can do so using the Ministry of Health (MOH) website.
Go to the MOH Portal website.
Click on the “Medical Services” tab.
When the drop-down menu appears, click on “Inquiry about Medical Report.”
On the next page, click on “Consultation.”
Fill out your name, date of birth, and Iqama number.
Then put in the letters from the captcha code that appear at the bottom of the screen.
Click on “Search.”
Iqama Medical Tests Fees
Iqama Medical tests are defined by the Saudi Arabian Medical commission as costing 200 Saudi Riyals.
What is a Saudi Medical Test for Dependents?
In order to obtain residency in Saudi Arabia, you need to have a medical test done. These tests are different from other tests because they are not just for you: they are for everyone who is going with you as a dependent. So if you have a wife or children, they will need to do the test as well.
This means that everyone who wants to live with you in Saudi Arabia needs to go through their own test before they can get residency there.
To receive a medical iqama you must be in the possession of a valid work permit. The tests required are determined by the type of job that you are going to perform and your age. For example, if you’re hired for a job that requires hard labor and is physically demanding then the medical iqama center may require an x-ray examination and a chest X-ray.