United Kingdom - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

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No restrictions for people living with HIV

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for United Kingdom

There are no specific entry or residence regulations for people living with HIV. Neither a medical certificate nor an HIV test result is required when entering the country. Foreigners with a known HIV infection are not subject to specific residence regulations. There are no regulations regarding the control, deportation or expulsion of those concerned.

(Source: 1)

In certain circumstances, TB-related health checks are performed at entry ports. People found ill are then directed to treatment.
ARVs can be imported to the UK if a doctor’s prescription is carried. 

People discovered to be HIV-positive are not deported from the UK, but neither is HIV a reason for receiving asylum. 

(Source: 2)

Editor’s note: the information above is accurate as of July 5, 2021


HIV treatment information for United Kingdom

The UK has devolved health services in each country. You might get charged for other health services - depending on your residency/immigration status this is either through the Health Surcharge or being charged directly by hospitals - but HIV treatment is free to all in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. No one in the UK should be charged for HIV care.

(Source: 3)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in United Kingdom


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 http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net/.



  1. General Consulate of the United Kingdom, Dusseldorf, 9 March 2000, Department of Health, London, 14 February 2000
  2. Lisa Power, Terrence Higgins Trust, in person to the authors June 24, 2008
  3. Kat Smithson, National AIDS Trust, via e-mail, July 5, 2021


updated: 7/5/2021
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