All foreigners planning to travel or reside in Qatar for longer than one month must undergo a medical examination and testing for infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Medical certificates must be issued on arrival in the country; those issued by foreign medical authorities will not be accepted. HIV positive individuals will be refused entry in the country.
Visitors who intend to stay for more than one month should undergo a medical examination including HIV testing. Only tests performed in the country are recognised. No HIV testing upon entry.
Residency and work permit applicants must undergo HIV testing at the designated governmental facility within one month. Those testing positive will be denied work visas and will be deported. Residents contracting HIV during their stay in Qatar will not be deported. They can access treatment equally with nationals and are allowed to practice their daily life.
The Hamad Hospital (the largest hospital in Qatar) has a clinic with specialised doctors and other health professionals who are trained to treat HIV/AIDS. Treatment at this hospital is free of charge and provided to all patients on equal terms.
Applicants for a work or residency permit, and everybody intending to stay for more than one month must present a negative HIV test certificate. This requirement includes family members/dependants.
The Medical Commission's latest report revealing rise on HIV/AIDS cases among the newly-recruited workforce has alarmed a wide section of the society because it is believed this might contribute to spreading the disease in the country.
To avoid possible spread of communicable diseases by the newly arrived employees, employers must take these employees for a medical check-up within three days of their arrival. Many families who recruit domestic workers fail to do so. This can be dangerous as this section of workers have direct contact with family members especially children.
Recruiting agencies are supposed to conduct health tests in medical centres accredited by the Medical Commission and GCC in the employees' country of origin. This procedure is not obligatory but this can save the cost of repatriating people found to be unfit for working here, Naji added.
"To face the menace the state is electronically linking accredited medical centres at manpower exporting countries with The Medical Commission and the Ministry of Interior (MOI)," he disclosed.
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