Egypt - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Egypt

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

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No HIV testing for tourist stays HIV testing required for residence and work permit applicants. No residence or work permit will be granted if test result is positive. Foreigners diagnosed with HIV while in the country are expelled.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Egypt

An HIV test has to be performed at the Health Ministry’s central laboratory by everybody who applies for a residence or work permit (students, foreign employees, immigrants). Tests performed abroad are not recognised.

Foreigners diagnosed with HIV while in the country are expelled. The regulations are based on a Ministerial Decree.

HIV medication can be imported for personal use.

(Source: 1)

All foreigners planning to study and/or work (including training) in Egypt for longer than one month will be required to undergo HIV testing in Egypt. Information on this procedure will be provided by the Egyptian immigration authorities (Mugamma, Tharir Square, Cairo, Egypt) upon application.

(Source: 2)

Proof of yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected area. Evidence of an AIDS test is required for everyone staying over thirty days, for the purpose of studying or working in Egypt.

(Source: 3)


HIV treatment information for Egypt

No information available


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Egypt

Updated information is available 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. Embassy of Germany, Cairo, 24 February 2008, referring to information provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Health.
  2. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada web site,
    consulted July 13, 2008
  3. US State Department web site
    consulted July 13, 2008


updated: 7/24/2008
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