China - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to China

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

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS for short-term and tourist stays. HIV test required for work and study visa applications of more than six months. Reports about denied work & residence permits and deportations.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for China

Editor’s note

  • If travelling to China on a tourist visa or short-term business trip: Do not declare your status on the visa application form. Historically, people declaring their status truthfully have been denied entry.
  • Be careful with voluntary status declaration (refrain from wearing red ribbon stickers, etc.).
  • In case of a long-term professional stay in China (longer than six months): Check the situation carefully. Until recently, a negative HIV status was mandatory for foreigners staying in China on long-term permits. Tests have also been performed in China and without consent of those concerned. A positive HIV test result led to immediate deportation, job loss and unemployment.
  • Check this page for status updates.
  • Hong Kong, Macao: Both cities have separate entry and visa regulations without restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS.

28 April 2010: The Government of China announced the lifting of entry restrictions against people with HIV/AIDS with immediate effect. The entry ban against people with leprosy and with sexually transmitted diseases was also lifted.

(Source 1)

For China visa categories D, X1, X2 & Z, the following is requested:

Holders of … Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

(Source 2)


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  1. China Daily, April 29, 2010;  
  2. Embassy of China in Switzerland, visa requirements published Sep 8, 2017,, consulted July 6, 2018


updated: 7/6/2018
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