When travelling abroad

There are still a number of countries that restrict how persons living with HIV may enter and remain in the country. On Hivtravel.org you can find information about what applies to people living with HIV in all countries of the world. There is also a list of additional tips if you are travelling to countries that ban entry or criminalise persons living with HIV. The UNAIDS website also provides information on entry rules in different countries.

Find out if there are any rules on how much medication you can bring into the country and whether you need a medical certificate to bring it in. You should also find out what happens if you need to seek medical treatment at your destination, for example, if there are problems because you are living with HIV.

If you are travelling to countries with restrictions or entry bans:

  • Avoid disclosing your status to staff at customs and border crossings.
  • Avoid disclosing your status to other passengers on, for example, flights.
  • Be careful about having symbols or messages that may notify others about status, such as the red ribbon.
  • If you are asked why, you are carrying medication, then you should have a good explanation ready.

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