United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • Countries with entry bar
  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries deporting people with HIV

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
Short-term tourist stays are possible but with some risk. HIV medication cannot be imported . HIV test certificate required for anyone who applies for a work and residence permit. The medical examination, including an HIV test, must be performed in the Emirates. Residence is denied if the result is positive. People with HIV may be deported. Airline passengers in transit in Dubai are not affected by the regulations.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for United Arab Emirates (UAE)

For stays of more than 60 days, a traveller must obtain a visa before arrival in the UAE. In addition, an AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival. A U.S. AIDS test is not accepted.

(Source: 1)

All foreigners planning to work or reside in the UAE must be tested for HIV. Those found to be HIV positive will be immediately deported by the UAE authorities. HIV certificates issued by foreign medical authorities are not accepted.

(Source: 2)

In principle, people with HIV/AIDS are not allowed to enter or stay in the United Arab Emirates. Health exams, including an HIV test, are performed when applying for a residency permit. A later detected HIV-infection may lead to deportation.

There are no health checks at the border, no health certificates must be presented on entry. Short term stays are therefore possible, however not free of risk. It is not allowed to import antiretroviral medication for personal use.

We have not been able to identify the relevant legal regulations.

(Source: 3)

Health Minister, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Quttami, told the Federal National Council (FNC) that the UAE was drafting a federal law on AID cases in coordination with the World Health Organisation.

“The new legislation will help fight the disease and facilitate integration of national AIDS patients into the community through strict measures,’’ Al Quttami said.

He informed the council that 627 foreign AIDS patients had been deported from the country.

(Source: 4)


HIV treatment information for United Arab Emirates (UAE)

no information available


HIV information / HIV NGOs in United Arab Emirates (UAE)

no information available


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. US State Department web site; http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1050.html
    consulted July 11 2008;
  2. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada web site, www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/report-en.asp?country=306000
    consulted July 11, 2008
  3. General Consulate of Germany, Dubai, January 3, 2008
  4. KHALEEJ TIMES (UAE), February 11, 2009


updated: 9/16/2009
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