Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Emirates' Summary of Medical Standards

Body Mass Index

(weight in kg/height2in m)

Between BMI 16-18: please comment if BMI is appropriate for body frame

Between BMI 25-30: please comment if BMI appropriate for body frame


≤ 16 Underweight

≥ 30 Obese


Minimum arm reach of 212 cm (on tip toes)


Well controlled allergic rhinitis or sinusitis on aviation approved medications


Recurrent otitis media or TM perforations

Meniere’s disease

Spontaneous or positional nystagmus


Perilymph fistula

Severe motion sickness

Any ear disease or condition that may cause vertigo or a disturbance of speech or equilibrium.

HearingPure tone audiometric test. Unaided, with thresholds no worse than:
Frequency500 Hz1000 Hz2000 Hz3000 Hz
Worst Ear35 dB35 dB35 dB50 dB
Acceptable Alternative Tests:

If hearing loss is greater than above, acceptable if:

a.) Hearing performance in each ear against background noise stimulating flight desk noise is normal for speech & beacon signals

b.) Can hear conversational voice in a quite room with back turned to examiner at a distance of 2 meters using both ears


Speech defects


VisionAcceptable if:

Distant visual acuity with or without correction is 6/9 or better in the better eye

Near visual acuity with or without correction is at least N5 at 30-50cm & N14 at 100cm

If visual correction is required:

Must be able to use contact lenses suitable for long-term wear in the dry aircraft environment

Soft permeable lenses are preferable & hard lenses (e.g. for keratoconus) are not suitable


Spectacles for visual correction

Visual field defects

Functionally monocular vision

LASIK/PRKAcceptable if:

Meets above visual standards

Has no complications

More than three months post-op

OphthalmologyAcceptable if:

Meets above visual standards

Has no complications

More than three months post-op


Well controlled asthma


Any acute disability of the lungs or any active disease of the structure of the lungs, chest or lung cavities

Blood PressureAcceptable:

Untreated or un-investigated recurrent BP readings ≥ 140/90

Hypertension well controlled on aviation approved medications


History or diagnosis of:

Any significant functional or structural abnormality of the circulatory system

Angina pectoris

Coronary heart disease that has been treated or, if untreated, that has been symptomatic or clinically significant;

Myocardial infarction;

Permanent cardiac pacemaker;

Heart replacement

Any abnormality or the heart, congenital or acquired which is likely to interfere with the safe exercise of cabin crew duties


Irritable Bowel Disease except if well controlled on aviation approved medications or causing minimal symptoms

Inflammatory bowel disease


Any disease with significant impairment of function of the gastrointestinal tract or its adnexa


History of recurrent renal stones


Significant Dysmenorrhoea

Untreated high grade PAP abnormalities such as CIN II or higher


Chronic or recurrent back pain resulting in sick leave or time off work

Scoliosis ≥ 30 degrees

SkinAcceptable Conditions if well controlled:





Any endocrine disorders such as Diabetes mellitus may interfere with the safe exercise of cabin crew duties


History of diagnosis of:

Significant Learning disorders or disabilities such as dyslexia


Bipolar disorder, particularly if sever enough to have resulted in self injury

A mental abnormality, or neurosis of a significant degree that may jeopardize flight safety

Substance Dependence & AbuseUnacceptable:

History of diagnosis of :substance dependence” such as alcoholism

“Substance” includes alcohol & other drugs (i.e. PCP, sedatives & hypnotics, anxiolytics, marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, hallucinogens & other psychoactive drugs or chemicals)

The applicant will be drug screened or arrival in Dubai as GCAA requirement. Candidates should avoid taking any sleeping tables or cold remedies in the week prior to their arrival in Dubai.



Cases of head injury with sequelae that are likely to interfere with the safe exercise of cabin crew duties

Unexplained disturbance of consciousness

Unexplained Transient loss of control of nervous system function(s)

Any progressive conditions

Any disease of the nervous system abnormality that may jeopardize flight safety


Unexplained or severe Anaemia (Haemoglobin ≤ 10g/dl)

Significant localized & generalized enlargement of the lymphatic glands & diseases of the blood that are likely to affect the safe exercise of cabin crew duties

Infectious diseasesUnacceptable:

Untreated or active Tuberculosis

Salmonella or Campylobacter carrier

HIV Positive

Any infection that may interfere with the flight safety


Recurrent vasovagal attacks


Anonymous said...

hi. I have PTB minimal scar on my lung... not active; fully treated

will i get a job as FA in middle east? Considering theres a GAMCA policy prohibiting OFWs to work in Gulf countries if you have a scar from previous PTB, eventho treated already.. ty


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