Q and A

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

Further information on the legislation of the different countries is published at the following link:
https://www.hivtravel.org

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 with restrictive policies, for short trips, some HIV positive people still travel for holidays and business. The main complication comesĀ if your meds are found by border control or immigration.

For this reason some people decide not to travel to countries that show this discrimination.

This Q&A was updated in 2021 form a post in May 2008.

166 comments

  1. Simon Collins

    Hi Grace – please use the pull down menu at this link to look at latest information about UAE:
    http://www.hivtravel.org

    Although some people take their meds with them for short trips, this could be enough to stop you entering the country.

  2. Grace

    Hello, can I travel to Dubai if I am HIV positive to visit?

  3. Simon Collins

    Hi Praveena, I am sorry that I don’t know about these services. This i-Base service is mainly about HIV treatment (rather than immigration and employment). You could look for nursing associations in the country you want to study in. In the UK there is a Nurses HIV Association (NHIVNA): https://www.nhivna.org

  4. Praveena

    I would also love to study abroad as a nurse I am HIV positive..are there any companies that can guide and assist you

  5. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Sexy,

    Info on where you can study/live can be found here: https://www.hivtravel.org/

  6. Sexy

    Hi
    I will like to study nurse either Australia Canada or usa this are the countries i will like to study and work but i dont know if the accept hiv immigrant to work and live even get residence permit…
    Or if you can help me with countries that accept hiv+ immigrant i might switch there thanks.

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