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Before You Go
The standard of medical services in Dubai is high, and pharmacies are plentiful.
Travel insurance that includes health coverage is essential, as visitors will be charged for health care, and fees are steep. Also make sure that your policy covers repatriation.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Dubai, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that your routine vaccinations should be up-to-date. This include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chickenpox, polio and your annual flu shot.
As of October 2018, all tourists and residents entering the UAE are required to complete a form online before entering the country to obtain approval to carry medication for personal use. The form can be downloaded free on the MoHAP website (www.mohap.gov.ae) or its app.
Tap water is safe to drink, so think of the environment and resist those plastic bottles if you can.
Health Call sends out doctors around the clock for Dhs600 to Dhs800 per visit and also has a clinic in Healthcare City.
Pharmacies are plentiful around clinics and hospitals and in major shopping malls. Most sell standard medication without a prescription, including antibiotics.