The dependents of most expatriate workers who arrive in Saudi will be exempt from obligatory medical examinations needed for residence permits (iqamas), according to the Ministry of Health (MoH), it was reported.
Citing a circular sent by MoH to all its primary healthcare centres across the kingdom, the regulations are also said to apply to dependents who want to renew their residence permits, local media reported.
However, the exemption did not apply to workers themselves, who would still need to undergo medical examinations.
The MoH said people coming to the kingdom on work visas and their dependents carrying residence visas would first need to get medical certificates in their home countries.
As well, farmers and shepherds from Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, and Ethiopia will be required to undergo medical tests before they are allowed to enter Saudi territories.
An MoH source told Al Hayat Arabic language daily that authorities had noticed recently that many farmers and shepherds, especially from Sudan, were found to be suffering from bilharziasis and AIDS.
A number of expats with family members on residence visas confirmed to the Saudi Gazette that they were not asked to undertake medical examinations.
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