Entry is denied to HIV-positive people and foreigners diagnosed with AIDS. No HIV testing requirement for tourist or business visa applicants up to 30 days.
HIV test mandatory for stays beyond 30 days.
Foreign nationals with AIDS or who are HIV-positive are expelled. HIV-positive foreign spouses of Singaporeans are exempt and allowed to remain in Singapore.
Entering with ARVs for personal use requires approval by authorities.
Use local hospitals with caution: Singapore doctors are required to report anyone found to be HIV-positive to the authorities.
Air travellers in transit in Singapore are not affected.
HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Singapore
No HIV testing requirement for tourist or business visa applicants up to 30 days. In principle, entry is denied to HIV-positive people and foreigners diagnosed with AIDS.
There are restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS for stays beyond 30 days and the following visa types:
- Social Visit Pass
- Employment Pass
- Long Term Immigration Pass
- Permanent Residence
A medical examination, including TB and HIV testing is required in these situations. Test certificates have to be presented on entry (“blood analysis for HIV serology”, performed by a physician registered in Singapore). Foreign certificates performed by clinics licensed for performing such tests are accepted.
There are no health checks at the border. Only obviously sick people are checked with more rigour.
HIV-positive spouses of Singaporean citizens are allowed to stay in the country.
Entering with antiretroviral medication for personal use: Prior approval by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is required, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In practice, such a permit will only be granted to HIV-positive spouses of Singaporean citizens. A declaration is not required at customs, however, the HSA permit needs to be presented in case of a routine check.
HIV-positive foreigners, including persons diagnosed with AIDS are immediately deported.
- (1) Any person, not being a citizen of Singapore, who is a member of any of the prohibited classes as defined in subsection (3) or who, in the opinion of the Controller, is a member of any of the prohibited classes, is a prohibited immigrant.
- (3) The following persons are members of the prohibited classes:
- any person who is unable to show that he has the means of supporting himself and his dependants (if any) or that he has definite employment awaiting him, or who is likely to become a pauper or a charge on the public;
- any person suffering from mental disorder or being a mental defective, or suffering from a contagious or infectious disease which makes his presence in Singapore dangerous to the community;
- any person suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus;
As of the year 2000, HIV-positive foreign spouses of Singaporeans are allowed to remain in Singapore and are therefore the exception to immigration laws pertaining to HIV status of foreigners.
Proof of yellow fever immunisation is required for those arriving from infected areas. If you arrive from an infected area and do not have a yellow fever vaccination certificate, you may be denied entry.
"I was sick in Singapore while on business, and had to be hospitalised there due to reactive arthritis. The doctor did some blood tests on me and reported the result straight away to the authorities. When I got back there again on business two months later, I wasn't allowed entry and deported back straight away on the first flight. The immigration officer wouldn't tell me why, then one of them told me finally discreetly that it was because of my health status.
As I am not allowed to enter Singapore again, I was put off duty by the company I work for and then had to be transferred to another department, losing half of my income.
Singapore doctors are required to report anyone found to be HIV-positive to the authorities."
HIV treatment information for Singapore
The Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) is the main reporting centre. However, patients can now opt to go to any hospital (provided there is a HIV specialist available) for their treatment and management.
HIV information / HIV NGOs in Singapore
Updated information is available through the aidsmap search engine at www.aidsmap.com/en/orgs/ux/default.asp
Global Criminalisation of HIV Transmission Scan
The Global Criminalisation Scan is an initiative of GNP+. It aims to collect and keep up to date information on national and state level laws criminalising the transmission of or exposure to HIV. It also aims to provide an easily accessible ‘clearing-house’ of resources, research, and initiatives on the subject and to provide a platform for advocacy initiatives.
Find out more about the scan and the criminalisation of HIV transmission legislation at http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net/
- German Embassy, Singapore, February 10, 2008
- Singapore Immigration Act, http://statutes.agc.gov.sg consulted July 16, 2008
- Roger Winder, Action for AIDS Singapore, www.afa.org.sg , by e-mail, Nov 12, 2003
- Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada web site, www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/report-en.asp?country=265000 consulted July 16, 2008
- Sean Lim, by e-mail, April 3, 2008
- Web site user feedback, August 8, 2009
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