Medical Conditions that may lead to visa denial in Abu Dhabi [2021 Guide]

Medical Conditions that may lead to visa denial in Abu Dhabi

The global outbreak of COVID-19 adds to the many different existing reasons for denial of visa which is quite frustrating since it can ruin travel and work plans. Still, not all is lost as there are various legal steps you can take to process your application and successfully obtain the visa. 

On the contrary, the choice of reapplication solely depends on the individuals as well as basic reasons that initially led to rejection. For every rejection, an official letter is dispatched however; the primary reason for rejection isn’t mentioned in the letter. Read on to find out more!

Table of Content
  1. Different Reasons for Visa Rejection
  • How to Avoid a Consecutive Visa Rejection?
  • When to Consider an Appeal?
  • Medical Inadmissibility & Reapplication
  • Danger/Threat to Public Health & Safety
  • Excessive Demand on Social and/or Health Services
  • Exceptions
  • Receiving of the Procedural Fairness Letter


Different Reasons for Visa Rejection

  • Supporting documents are improper and inaccurate
  • Applicant fails to satisfy on financial resource related to travel and accommodation
  • Applicant fails to meet the international security standards or perhaps has a criminal background
  • Applicant fails complying to the health standards
  • Visa officer has some doubts or reservations concerning applicant’s intention or the information provided in the application

There can be various other reasons for rejection in your UAE visa refusal however, most are likely to fall or somehow connected to the above mentioned parameters. In case your application has been denied, you might be eligible to reapply or file an appeal but visa officers and authorities wouldn’t always accept the appeal. The best option here is reapply from scratch with the newly improved application, ensuring you’ve resolved all the previous reasons that resulted in rejection.

How to Avoid a Consecutive Visa Rejection?

The rejection letter that has been dispatched to the applicant holds critical information and clues as to why it happened. You need to carefully read, take note and work on the reasons to boost-up your reapplication. In fact, you can also request access to all the notes provided by the visa officer at the time of application review to address and manage concerns in real-time. That said; it’s possible that the new application goes to a new officer who might’ve a different perspective on the documents you provided.

When to Consider an Appeal?

Your visa application and case of rejection would decide on your eligibility criteria to file the appeal. However, that appeal is only valid for a specific period of time which is why an applicant must act immediately. Should the case apply to you, look into the renewal application carefully or you can even ask for legal/professional aid to get things going smoothly.

Medical Inadmissibility & Reapplication

Post rejection of the visa, applicants should be well aware of the standardised or recommended procedure before the reapplication. All the steps taken to get the process going will vary on the basis of initial rejection as well as the type of visa you’ve applied for.

That said; medical or overall health of the application is another major reason for acceptance or rejection of the visa application. In case a visa has been rejected on medical grounds, these usually include

  • Danger/threat to public health and safety
  • Excessive demand on social and/or health services

Danger/Threat to Public Health & Safety

The UAE authority has full right to accept or reject your visa based on an applicant’s health and the likelihood to pose a certain public threat. The immigration medical exam would determine the outcome during which:

  • A laboratory test would be conducted that involves physicians from the third party
  • Additional tests that may be recommended by the primary physician
  • You will be screened for infectious diseases like active tuberculosis, active syphilis and/or if you’ve been recently in contact with someone having the same transmutable diseases

COVID-19 pandemic is yet another big reason for rejection of the visa whereas many countries have even closed their borders to all immigrants and foreign travellers no matter the purpose. Applicants should also pay attention to the quality of health screening services especially during COVID-19 and opt for government authorised screening centre where applicants can have their visa medical screening and occupational health screening. 

Other particular health anomalies that may risk in rejection of your visa application involve:

  • Gradual loss of control on physical and mental abilities
  • Violent or unpredictable behaviour that may result in a public riot or chaos

Excessive Demand on Social and/or Health Services

Given the current pandemic outbreak, the social and healthcare services are already overstressed. Should your health condition be likely to put excessive pressure or demand on the healthcare and social services provider, the visa application is likely to be rejected however the final decision is based on a detailed screening process. With this, here’re a few things that puts additional stress on the service providers:

  • Social and/or healthcare service required to treat your current health condition negatively impact on the service waiting time
  • The treatment and management of your health condition is costly and exceed the demand


In certain cases, your medical inadmissibility and rejection of the visa don’t apply to:

  • Refugees and their dependents
  • Individuals who’ve been sponsored such as immediate family, dependents, spouses, children, common law partners and so on.

Receiving of the Procedural Fairness Letter

Post-screening and on confirmation of medical inadmissibility, an official letter is dispatched to the applicant stating the reason which, in legal terminology, is known as a procedural fairness letter. Before the final decision has been taken against your application, you can resubmit the application however ensuring that all the issues that resulted in rejection have been resolved. When reapplying, make sure to provide credible evidence and authorised report on the following:

  • Successful receiving of the medical treatment against the preliminary diagnosis that has resulted in significant improvement
  • Type/genre of medication and services that have taken place
  • Overall cost of the medication via financial receipt or account information letter

Now that you know the basic reasons of visa rejection and how you can counter these, proceed safely or seek professional assistance should it be required.


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