Turkey - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Turkey

  • Countries without restrictions
  • Countries with unclear laws/practices; more information needed

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS. No HIV testing on entry.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Turkey

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

(Source: 1)

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any specific HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Turkey; however, Turkey will generally deport foreigners once their HIV positive status is discovered.

Author’s note:This information is inaccurate according to our local sources.

(Source: 3)


HIV treatment information for Turkey

Foreigners have to pay for medication and hospital expenses in Turkey. However, emergency treatment is free. 

Not all antiretroviral drugs are available in Turkey. One can buy all medications in a pharmacy without prescription. 

The following hospitals admit and treat patients with HIV. Some of these hospitals are University clinics, others are State hospitals. 

  • Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi
    Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    Hacettepe Üniversitesi Merkez Kampüsü
    Sihhiye /Ankara
    Phone: 0 312 305 1296
    Web: www.hacettepe.com.tr/bolumdetay.aspx?id=122
  • Ankara Numune Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi
    Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    Sihhiye /Ankara
    Phone: 0 312 310 3030
    Web: www.anh.gov.tr/
  • Marmara Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi
    Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    Marmara Üniversitesi
    Göztepe Kampüsü
    34722 Istanbul
    Phone: 0 216 327 4142
    Web: tip.marmara.edu.tr/ak_birim.php?ana=2&alt=11
  • Istanbul Üniversitesi Istanbul Tip Fakültesi
    Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    I. Ü. Istanbul Tip Fakültesi
    34390 Çapa, Istanbul
    Phone: 0212 414 2000
    Web: www.istanbul.edu.tr/itf/index.php?id=5
  • SB. Sisli Etfal Egitim ve Arastirma
    Hastanesi Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    Sisli Etfal Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi
    34377 Sisli, Istanbul
    Phone: 0212 231 2209
    Web: www.sislietfal.gov.tr/
  • SB. Haseki Egitim ve Arastirma
    Hastanesi Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    Adnan Adivar Cad. PK
    34096 Haseki, Istanbul
    Phone: 0212 529 4400
    Web: www.hasekihastanesi.gov.tr/Default.aspx
  • SB. Istanbul Egitim ve Arastirma
    Hastanesi Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    Org. Abdurrahman Nafiz Gürman Cad.
    Samatya - Fatih, Istanbul
    Phone: 0212 588 4400
    Web: www.istanbuleah.gov.tr/
  • Ege Tip Fakültesi
    Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
    Ege Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi Hastanesi
    Bornova, Izmir
    Phone: 0232 444 1343
  • Izmir Atatürk Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi
    Atatürk Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi
    Basin Sitesi
    35360 Izmir
    Phone: 0232 244 4444
    Web: www.iaeh.gov.tr/
(Source: 2)

Appropriate treatment facilities are accessible.

Foreigners with HIV/AIDS are treated in clinics for infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. These clinics are part of the public hospitals, run under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. Treatment is also possible in the specialised divisions of university hospitals or private clinics.

(Source: 1)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Turkey

  • Pozitif Yasam Dernegi (Positive Living Association)
    Phone Positive Living Centre
    Phone: +90 212 288 3883, +90 216 418 1061
    Mobile: +90 0549 672 9719
    Web: www.pozitifyasam.org
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Questions and support for PLWHIV
    Phone: +90 212 288 3883

    Contact persons Istanbul
    Mehmet Omay, Pinar Oktem, Arda Karapinar

    Contact person Izmir
    Deniz Gökengin (M.D., Ege University Infectious Diseases Clinic)
(Source: 2)

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/.



  1. Turkish Embassy, Berlin, 25 August 2000
  2. Pozitif Yasam Dernegi, Arda Karapinar, June 9, 2013 (by e-mail)
  3. U.S. Department of State, http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1046.html, consulted April 7, 2012


updated: 4/7/2014
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