Today, I received an e-mail from the travel agent who is handling my visas for Dubai.
She told me that, apart from the cost of the visa, I need to pay an addtional 15 euro per passport for a mandatory medical insurance!
In her e-mail, she forwarded me the following text, as an "official explanation":
Greetings from Dubai
Effective from the 1st August 2011, the UAE government passed a new visa regulation requiring UAE visitors to have mandatory a valid medical insurance at the time of application of a visit visa to the UAE.
Visit Visa Medical Takaful Plan is the plan approved by the UAE government for the visit visa application. The plan provides the medical coverage as required by the UAE visa regulations for visitors entering the country.
The plan covers emergency inpatient medical expenses incurred by visitors while in the UAE, 24 hours a day for up to maximum of AED 150,000 and repatriation of mortal remains up to maximum AED7,500.
The plan offers facility for direct billing settlement to providers where visitors can access the company’s wide network of healthcare providers without the need to pay first, thus providing convenience for fast medical attention in time of emergency.
An external health insurance is not accepted and above is mandatory.
Now, I was wondering if anyone else has heard about this "mandatory health insurance" which costs 15 euro or is it just a made up thing?
Thanks in advance for your help.