In Qatar, all newcomers wishing to work and live here are required by law to take a medical examination. The purpose of this exam is to keep the country free from infectious diseases and to protect the health of the entire population.
Do you know there are different medical examination requirements for specialised jobs in the food sector, beauty salons, health clubs, and laundries?
Scroll down and see what documents you'll need and what the procedure is to get a medical examination done for different employment purposes at the Medical Commission in Qatar.
What is the Medical Commission?
The Medical Commission is regulated by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar. Its purpose is to conduct medical examinations to issue Fitness Certificates and Health Certificates for various purposes, and to ensure the candidate’s well-being and whether they are medically fit for employment in Qatar.
If you need an appointment for a medical examination, you can book one either at the main Medical Commission building or the Qatar Red Crescent (Mesaimeer).
There are three private hospitals authorised to carry out the mandatory procedure for a fee. These are Al Ahli Hospital, Al Emadi Hospital, and Doha Clinic Hospital.
General medical requirements in Qatar
Before visiting the Medical Commission, the individual needs to have a blood-type certificate which can be obtained from any hospital or clinic in Qatar for a small fee. This must be brought to the Medical Commission when undergoing the medical examination. The Medical Commission will perform a blood test and an x-ray of the chest to ensure the individual is not suffering from diseases like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, and Tuberculosis.
Note: newcomers from the following countries - Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines - must complete a medical examination at the Qatar Visa Centre in their home country before coming to Qatar.
Booking an appointment at the Medical Commission
There are two ways to book an appointment with the Medical Commission to undergo a medical examination for employment purposes.
Individuals or their company can book an appointment directly at the Medical Commission Department by calling +974 4467 9111 or +974 4407 3933.
They can also visit the Medical Commission and request an appointment directly.
Go to the Registration tab. Enter requested information and attach your clear passport size photo (otherwise your application will be rejected).
Once registered, the details of the application will be forwarded to the Ministry of Interior.
Depending on where you work, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) from your workplace might be able to help you with booking an appointment.
Go to the Payment tab, and pay the appropriate fees online. The fee is QR 20 to work in the food sector, beauty salons, health clubs, and laundries and QR 50 for employment in other sectors.
Go to the Appointment tab. Select your preferred location for the medical examination appointment: Medical Commission or the Qatar Red Crescent (Note: this location only accepts male applicants who are applying for work residence), and choose an appointment time.
Go to the Print Receipt tab. Click on Print the Receipt.
Take the printed receipt to the Medical Commission or Qatar Red Crescent to get examined at your appointment time.
Medical examination to work in the food sector, beauty salons, health clubs, and laundries
Individuals who apply for a medical license to work in the food sector, beauty salons, health clubs, and laundries must undergo a medical examination at the Medical Commission and bring all the required documents. These individuals must undergo annual health checks at the Medical Commission.
Select the ID option and enter the required number.
Select appointment type, then enter test date.
Click on “Search”.
You can check the results only from the previous three months.
It will take 72 hours for your results to be updated on the system.
If the medical results are not reflected on the online system, please consult the Medical Commission counter.
Those who had their medical examinations at accredited private hospitals can contact the Medical Commission during the working hours from 7 am - 7:30 pm on +974 4467 9161 or +974 4467 9134.
Post medical examination
Qatar is very strict when it comes to its medical policies. Those who fail the medical examination will be notified immediately and sent back to their respective countries.
Those who pass the medical examination, are required to register their fingerprints at the CEID headquarters at Salwa Road, Al Rayyan. For more information about fingerprinting in Qatar, you may check our article HERE!
* For any information or assistance, you may call at +974 4407 8933 or send an email to [email protected].