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Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permit – Notice issued by the Department of Public Health

 

This does not apply for EU Citizens

Employees need to send us a copy of their completed vaccination schedule and any relevant medical records for renewal of work permits.

All Medical Records need to be kept by the applicant as they may be requested for Health Screening approval.

If you have any queries kindly direct them to [email protected]

 

PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION

a.  Download the appropriate ‘Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permit’ application form

b.  Fill in the form in typed or BLOCK LETTERS

c.  Ensure that the employee carries out all the requested investigations as outlined in the application form.  Investigations are to be done locally in the PRIVATE SECTOR

d.  Ensure that the form is DULY COMPLETED by the EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE and the PRIVATE MEDICAL DOCTOR

e.  Write down the applicant’s name, job title and ‘Renewal’ in the subject box of email. e.g. Patel Singh, Carer, Renewal.

f.  The EMPLOYER is to send the completed renewal application form ONLY, as ONE (1) PDF document to [email protected]

g.  Only ONE (1) application per email will be accepted for processing

WHO SHOULD FILL THE HEALTH SCREENING FOR RENEWAL OF WORK PERMITS APPLICATION FORM?

  1. All foreigners who were born or have lived for 6 months or more in a country reported as very high-risk for tuberculosis applying for jobs that fall in the ‘Other Jobs’ category

All foreigners who were born or have lived for 6 months or more in a country reported as VERY HIGH RISK for tuberculosis (see attached list) need to complete the Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permits Application Form every year for 3 consecutive years (a total of 4 years applying for health screening and working in Malta). Applications need to be sent by the employer to the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) on [email protected]

2.  Doctors, Dentists, Midwives, Nurse and other Regulated Healthcare Professions; Carers, Child carers, Dental Chairside assistants; Nannies; Beauty Therapists; Tattooists and Masseurs/Masseuse.

Foreigners who are applying for the above-mentioned jobs, irrespective if they come from a very high-risk tuberculosis country or not, need to complete the Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permit application form for three (3) consecutive years (a total of 4 years applying for health screening and working in Malta). The form needs to be duly filled by a private medical doctor and sent by the employer to [email protected] Applicants need to have immunity against Hepatitis B prior to renewal and any other investigations as indicated in the relevant application form. Masseuse/Masseurs should fill in their respective renewal form available here.

3.  Food Handlers

All applicants working as Food Handlers (those engaged in the preparation, manufacturing and treatment of a food business and who handles or prepares food intended for human consumption, in terms of the Food Safety Act and Subsidiary Legislation 449.27), irrespective if they come from  very high-risk tuberculosis country or not, need to fill in and send their renewal form for three (3) consecutive renewal years (a total of 4 years applying for health screening and working in Malta). Applicants need to have taken the full course of Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccination prior to renewal and any other investigations as indicated in the relevant application form.

Once the documentation is received, including certification of no abnormalities by the private medical doctor, we will forward you approval via email and the employee can proceed to Identity Malta. This can take up to 10 working days to be processed. It is important that the applicant takes a print out of this approval to Identity Malta.

Should the health screening application results deem to be unsatisfactory, the results of abnormal investigations need to be included with the application form and submitted on [email protected]

WHAT HEALTH SCREENING INVESTIGATIONS NEED TO BE CARRIED OUT YEARLY?

According to the renewal application form being filled in, the following health screening investigations need to be repeated yearly. These need to be reported and clearly documented by the Medical Doctor on the application form

A.  Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permits
  1. Physical Examination by a Private Medical Doctor
  2. Chest X-Ray
B.  Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permits for Masseurs and Masseuse
  1. Physical Examination by a Private Medical Doctor
  2. Chest X-Ray
  3. Hepatitis C screening
  4. HIV screening
  5. STI screening

COVID-19

Applicants who are renewing their work permit, need to show proof that the vaccination schedule for Covid-19 has been completed in Malta. Applicant is to attach a copy of the Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate with their work permit application form.

MEASLES AND POLIO VACCINATIONS

Applicants who require renewal of work permit need proof of measles and polio vaccinations. If these have not been taken at the country of birth or proof of records are unavailable, vaccines need to be given locally. Both polio and measles vaccinations are available as combination vaccines. Kindly ensure that the administrated vaccine is the recommended preparation for adults.  Vaccination schedules can be accessed through the following link here.

WHO SHOULD NOT FILL THE HEALTH SCREENING FOR RENEWAL OF WORK PERMITS APPLICATION FORM?

Applicants who come from countries where the incidence of tuberculosis is not very high and are applying for the following jobs, DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR HEALTH SCREENING APPROVAL AND CAN GO DIRECTLY TO IDENTITY MALTA FOR WORK PERMIT APPROVAL

  1. Administrative jobs
  2. Construction / manual workers
  3. Footballers
  4. Hairdressers / makeup artists
  5. Working in transport
  6. Cleaners / Housekeepers
  7. Securities

Download forms here:

  1. Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permit
  2. Health Screening for Renewal of Work Permit for Masseurs and Masseuse

 

 

Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU)

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate

Email: [email protected][email protected]

 

Updated 14.07.2021