What happens when you move abroad?

When you move to a new country to teach, you will most likely have to take a medical test to show you are healthy in order to secure your residence visa.

In the UAE, expats take a blood test to check for HIV/Aids, Hepatitis B and C, leprosy, syphilis, and pregnancy. An X-ray may also be required to check for tuberculosis (TB).*

If an expat’s medical screening tests positive for HIV or AIDS, then the residence visa application will be denied and the expat will be deported. Other positive test results may also result in deportation, treatment, or quarantine, or a combination of all three.

So what is the solution?

Therefore, before you move out here (and tell all your family, leave your job, and sell all your worldly possessions), it might be a very good idea to take a test for the above ailments in your home country before your departure. If the test results turn out to be positive, at least you can stay at home and get treated without fear of deportation; if the results are negative, you can feel reassured about taking the test in your new expat location. Whatever the result, it may save a lot of stress and heartache later on. 

* UAE expats will also have to redo this test when they apply for a residence visa renewal, so the same advice applies here too.

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