New Zealand - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

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No restrictions for people living with HIV. Previous restrictions removed.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for New Zealand

In October 2021, Immigration NZ removed HIV from the list of medical conditions deemed likely to impose significant costs or demands on the New Zealand health system. This means that HIV is no longer automatically considered not to meet the Immigration NZ acceptable standard of health. The individual health circumstances of each visa applicant living with HIV will now be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This removes a significant formal obstacle in the immigration process for many applicants.

HIV testing remains a requirement for visa applicants intending to stay in New Zealand for more than 12 months, along with all other existing medical examinations.

(Source: 1)


HIV treatment information for New Zealand

HIV treatment in New Zealand is publicly funded and free, regardless of immigration status.

(Source: 1)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in New Zealand


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. New Zealand AIDS Foundation website, accessed January 20, 2022


updated: 1/20/2022
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