The Global Database on HIV-specific Travel & Residence Restrictions, a useful online tool regarding the cross-border mobility of people living with HIV/AIDS, was recently updated.
This is a joint collaboration between the International AIDS Society (IAS), the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), the German AIDS Federation (DAH) and Positive Council Switzerland.
Below you can find an update by the International AIDS Society, as it was shared with its members:
The global database was updated in July 2018 and shared at the 22nd International AIDS Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The good news:
- Taiwan and South Korea have abolished all existing restrictions
- Singapore has eased its laws and is now allowing short-term stays
- Canada is making it easier for people living with HIV to obtain a residence permit
- No country has introduced new legislation or punitive laws affecting people living with HIV
- New information from several countries indicates they are “free of restrictions” (Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Rwanda and Turkmenistan)
The bad news:
Entry bars, restrictions for short-term and long-term stays persist, and many countries continue to deport people living with HIV.
Countries with entry bars:
- Brunei, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Solomon Islands, United Arab Emirates, Yemen. Russia is listed because a factual entry bar applies to multiple entry visa
Countries deporting people living with HIV:
- Bahrain, Brunei, China, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Thirteen countries have punitive laws affecting stays below 90 days. Forty-nine countries restrict long-term stays of more than 90 days. Laws and practices are unclear in 24 countries, while 143 countries have no restrictions. An overview on all restriction categories is available here.