Singapore - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction category relative to Singapore

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

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for tourist stays up to 90 days. An HIV test is mandatory for stays beyond 90 days. HIV-positive foreign spouses of Singaporeans are allowed to remain in Singapore.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Singapore

There is no HIV testing requirement for tourist or business visa applicants for up to 90 days.

There are restrictions for people with HIV for stays beyond 90 days and the following visa types:

  • Social visit pass
  • Employment pass
  • Long-term immigration pass
  • Permanent residence.

A medical examination, including TB and HIV testing, is required in these situations. There are no health checks at the border. Only obviously sick people are checked with more rigour.

HIV-positive spouses of Singaporean citizens are allowed to stay in the country.

(Source: 1) 

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Singapore. Foreign workers applying for an employment pass are required to undergo a medical screening for HIV and a positive test will result in the rejection of a foreign worker’s application.

(Source: 2)

Canadians planning to study, work or reside in Singapore for longer than six months must undergo a complete medical examination that includes a chest X-ray and a test for HIV. All testing must be completed in Singapore. Granting of an employment pass, long-term immigration pass or permanent residence will be subject to the outcome of the medical report.

(Source: 3)

For more than two decades, foreigners with HIV have not been allowed to set foot in Singapore. However, the ban on those entering on short-term visit passes was lifted on April 1 2015, according to The Straits Times.

The ban remains for long-term visitors, such as those looking to work in Singapore or those who want to accompany a child studying in the country, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

(Source: 4)


HIV treatment information for Singapore



HIV information / HIV NGOs in Singapore

Action for AIDS Singapore
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  1. German Embassy, Singapore, December 2015
  2. U.S. Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs; / January 18, 2018; consulted July 4, 2018
  3. Government of Canada website, Travel and tourism information, consulted July 4, 2018
  4. Straits Times Singapore, August 15, 2015


updated: 7/4/2018
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