The government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has announced a new law, which will affect over half a million, expatriates, the majority of whom are from the UK.
Any UK expatriate, whether employed or self employed, working or planning to work in the UEA, needs to take steps now to ensure they comply with the law. No insurance= no visa.
Employees and their dependents, including their spouse and up to three children under the age of 18 years, must be provided with private health insurance by their employer.
The Abu Dhabi government aims to provide its citizens with the highest standard of living, including the provision of world-class healthcare services for residents and nationals alike
From July 1st 2006, all companies, which employ more than 1,000 staff, will be obliged to take part in the scheme
From Ist January 2007, this will be extended to include all companies that employ less that 1000 staff.
Employers must ensure their staff are covered by health insurance and will be personally liable to cover costs of staff who lack an authorised health insurance policy as approved by the relevant UEA insurance authority.
The Health Insurance Policy will replace the existing health card and will have to be obtained prior to renewal of visas.
The situation on self-employed individuals is yet to be confirmed. They will have to have health insurance, but may be covered by a company if they are contracting to one company, or may have to buy their own.