Vietnam - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction category relative to Vietnam

  • Countries without restrictions

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No specific entry or residence restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS. No HIV testing on entry. No health certificate is required on entry. There are no specific immigration laws. The Vietnamese law requires HIV positive people to report to the health control authorities on entry. Users reported recruitment agencies requesting for HIV tests.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Vietnam

Our information is contradictory:

There are no specific entry or residence regulations for people with HIV/AIDS. Neither a medical certificate nor an HIV test result is required when entering the country.

(Source: 1)

According to our research, there are no HIV related entry, stay or residence restrictions.

(Source: 2)

There is a decree requiring HIV positives to report to the immigration officer. However, the ordinance is not applied. None of my friends have ever declared their condition. Therefore, we don't know what would happen if somebody would actually do it! 

No health certificate is required at the airports. Only Vietnamese nationals seeking to marry a Vietnamese in Vietnam have to provide one. There are no specific immigration laws.

(Source: 3)

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Vietnam.  

(Source: 4)

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 Vietnam

There are no appropriate treatment facilities for people with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.

(Source: 3)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Vietnam

  • Ford Foundation
    Phone: 976 0164
    Fax: 976 0163
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Contact person: Lisa Messersmith (Programme Officer)
  • NGO Resource Centre
    Phone: 832 8570
    Fax: 832 8611
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Contact person: Michelle Brown (Co-Director)

    (Source: 1)
  • Ho Chi Minh City AIDS Committee
    4b Ngo Van Nam - Q1
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Phone +84 8 822 6675
    Contact person: Jamie Uhrig (freelance consulant)
    E-mail: [email protected]
(Source: 3)

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  1. German Embassy, Hanoi, 27 January 2000
  2. UNAIDS, Geneva, May 5, 2010
  3. Jamie Uhrig, Ho Chi Minh City AIDS Committee, Ho Chi Minh City, 23 March 2000
  4. U.S. Department of State,, consulted July 11, 2010
  5. User report, anonymous, Jan 6, 2014


updated: 4/7/2014
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