Every expatriate must undergo a medical examination to obtain a visa to Bahrain. The medical examination is a series of tests conducted to test the health of a person wishing to move to Bahrain.
Pre-Employment Examination General Rules For Expatriates
A medical checkup is required by all expatriates applicants for job in Bahrain at the home country or country of origin from an approved GAMCA medical centre and they will have to undergo another medical examination in Bahrain before getting their residence permits. The medical examination includes the following:
- Detailed comprehensive medical history, general and professional.
- Blood pressure, vital signs, visual activity, height and weight.
- General medical examination.
- Chest x-ray for all expatriates.
- Serology Blood Examination including HCV, HIV, HbsAg and VDRL for all expatriates.
- Certain tests such as color vision, audiometry and spirometry may be added for certain special groups (special risk groups). Example: pilots and ship captains need color vision test and audiometry. Audiometry is required for those who will be working in noise.
- Biochemistry for liver and renal function.
- Complete blood count.
- Stool R/M and culture to role out salmonella and shigella.
- Other tests like Hb and sugar and etc… may be ordered based on history and physical exam.
Rules For Assessment of Incapacity :
The following conditions are considered as incapacitated for new expatriates with new work visa, Bahraini workers and domestic workers.
- HIV positive
- HbsAg positive
- HCV positive
- Tuberculosis of any kind:
- Pulmonary by chest X-ray showing active or past signs of old T.B.
- Tuberculous pleural effusion.
- Tuberculous lymphadenitis.
- AFB (acid-fast bacilli) positive smear or culture.
- Severe uncontrolled hypertension
- Uncontrolled Diabetes mellitus
- Renal failure
- Hepatic failure
- Congestive heart failure.
- Known case of cancer
- Psychiatric diseases
- Physical disability.