Thailand - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

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No restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS. Users reported recruitment agencies requesting for HIV tests.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Thailand

There are no laws or restrictions affecting entry or long-term stays of people living with HIV/AIDS.

(Source: 1)

There are no restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS. There are no specific legal regulations concerning people with HIV/AIDS.

Neither a medical certificate nor an HIV test result is required when entering the country. Foreigners with a known HIV infection are not subject to specific residence regulations. There are no regulations regarding the control, deportation or expulsion of those concerned.

Antiretroviral medication can be carried for personal use.

(Source: 3)

Users of this site reported that teacher recruitment agencies require health checks including HIV tests. The HIV test is not essential for obtaining a work permit from the authorities.



HIV treatment information for Thailand

Foreigners can get tested and treated in private hospitals all over the country (against cash payment). Some of these hospitals don't stock generics (brand medication is more expensive). Protease inhibitors only exist as original formula. 

The Thai Red Cross asks 3'500 THB (ca. 81 €) for a viral load check, and about 12 € for a CD4 count. Rates are slightly higher in private clinics. 

(Source: 2)

There are treatment centres in every province in Thailand. The centres located in the main tourist areas are listed below:
  • Bangkok
    Mercy Center
    1 00/ 1 1 Damronglatthaphiphat Road
    Klong Toi
    Phra Khanong
    Bangkok 10110
    Phone: 02 671 5313, 381 1821, 392 7981
    Fax: 02 391 4968
  • Phuket Ban Suk San
    44/21 Srisena Road
    Tambon Talad Yai
    Amphoe Muang
    Phuket 83000
    Phone: 076 21 7218
    Fax: 076 21 7219
  • Chiang Mai
    Christajak Samakkhitham
    2 Ratchadamnoen Road, Soi 4
    Tambon Phra Sing
    Amphoe Muang
    Chiang Mai 50200
    Phone: 053 206 742, 206 743, 277 926
    Fax: 0531 208 325


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Thailand

You can get updated information through the aidsmap search engine at


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



  1. Patrick Brenny, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, referring to the Thai Ministry of Public Health, by e-mail, March 5, 2008
  2. Father Giovanni Camillian, Rayong, Thailand, by e-mail, 15 January 2003 (
  3. Embassy of Germany, Bangkok, December 18, 2007
  4. User report, anonymous, August 2013


updated: 4/7/2014
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