As of September 2015, 35 countries have laws that restrict the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV.
Restrictions include mandatory disclosure of one’s HIV status, being subject to a mandatory HIV test, the need for discretionary approval to stay and deportation of individuals once their HIV-positive status is discovered.
As you are planning your trip, check the laws of the country you are planning to visit before booking your ticket.
When travelling overseas, it is important to be prepared and take precautions to prevent falling ill while you are away or when you return. It is also important to take your HIV treatment with you, as well as a letter from your doctor. The letter does not need to mention HIV, but having a list of your treatments and a contact number for your Australian doctor can be useful if you need to seek medical treatment.
Relationships Australia SA’s PEACE Multicultural Services have developed the Travel Safe Booklet – a guide to help travellers stay safe when travelling overseas. The booklet provides a basic guide for what to do before you begin your travels, tips for staying safe overseas and useful information about things you should consider after returning to Australia.
The guide covers issues such as:
- travel insurance
- medical procedures and treatment
- safe sex
- safe injecting
- alcohol and drugs
- tattoos and body piercing
- other illnesses and injuries.