Oman - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Oman

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

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No HIV test is required for tourist stays. There is no health control at the border. Compulsory testing is required for persons applying for a work permit or for renewal of their existing work/residency permit. Persons whose HIV-positive status becomes known are deported.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Oman

There are no legal regulations in the Sultanate concerning tourists living with HIV/AIDS. 

All long-term visa applications (employment, residence, etc.) require a medical exam, including an HIV test. Persons testing HIV positive are expelled.

There are no health controls at the border.

(Source: 1)

We don’t require tourists to test for HIV. However, HIV tests are part of the medical exam, which is mandatory for residence/employment permit applicants. People testing HIV positive are required to return to their country of origin.

(Source: 2)

HIV/AIDS entry restrictions apply to visitors and foreign residents. HIV/AIDS testing is required upon arrival for people on work or immigrant visas. Oman does not accept US HIV/AIDS testing. Verify this information with the Government of Oman before traveling.

(Source: 3)

HIV-positive visitors can bring their medication into the country.

(Source: 4)

A number of countries in the MENA region have restrictions on entry, stay or residence for people living with HIV. These laws, and the ways they are implemented, often impinge upon the human rights of people living with HIV.

These restrictions based on HIV status have been adopted by all Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), which are major destinations for migrant workers, particularly from Asia.



HIV treatment information for Oman

no information available 


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Oman

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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 the Federal Republic of Germany, November 29, 2007
  2. General Directorate in the Health Ministry of the Sultanate Oman, March 8, 2008
  3. U.S. Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs; / April 30, 2018; consulted July 9, 2018
  4. Terrence Higgins Trust, London, based on information released by  the Embassy of Oman, London, May 19, 2011
  5. AVERT Global information and education on HIV and AIDS,, consulted July 9, 2018


updated: 7/9/2018
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