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Question

Which countries that do not allow HIV positive people to visit?

Can you please name a few countries who do not allow hiv +ve people? What about Saudi Arabia ?

Answer

The two main countries are USA and Russia.

Russia, however, requires an HIV test only if you apply for a multiple entry visa or working visa, which is common for many countries. As for the USA, you can officially apply for a special visa if you are HIV-positive, but this can be a difficult and humiliating procedure. Approval is not guaranteed, and if they decline, your passport is stamped as such. Additionally, tourism or visiting relatives is not considered a valid reason for the visa.

Further information on the legislation of the different countries is published at the following link:

http://www.thebody.com/content/art31626.html

It is important to recognise that what countries have on paper is impossible to enforce in practice. Even when countries say that HIV is a bar to entry, and even if they maintain the right to test you, this very rarely happens unless they have a reason to think you are HIV-positive.

Even the US policy doesn’t stop thousands of HIV-postive people each year traveling for holidays and business.

It becomes more complicated if you are on treatment, as your meds could imply your status if they were found by border control or immigration.

For this reason some people:


Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

3 comments

  1. Perhaps the most comprehensive, up-to-date (and maintained) reference on this is the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG)’s Travel Restrictions web site . You may wish to check this…

    Chris

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