Belgium - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction category relative to Belgium

  • Countries without restrictions

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No restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Belgium

There are no specific entry or residency regulations for people with HIV/AIDS. No HIV test result is required when entering the country. A known HIV infection will not lead to deportation or the termination of a person's stay. 

A health certificate stating absence of a transmittable disease that would present a danger for public health is required from non-EU residency permit applicants. 

If other departments have requested or performed HIV-tests, the results will not be taken into account by the Foreign Ministry. 

(Source: 1) 

A residency permit can be granted regardless of HIV infection. The following conditions can be grounds for denying such a permit:

  • Illnesses that require the patient to be under quarantine (as defined by WHO guidelines from May 25, 1951).
  • Active tuberculosis
  • Syphilis
  • Transmittable infectious conditions or contagious parasitic diseases. 
(Source: 2)

Author’s note: The information above is still accurate in 2021.


HIV treatment information for Belgium

  • no source

    HIV information / HIV NGOs in Belgium


    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. Inge Vervotte, Foreign Minister, in reply to a question from the Senate, February 14th, 2008 (forwarded by Koen Block, Sensoa Antwerp, March 12, 2008, by e-mail)
    2. Benoît Blondel, MSF Brussels, January 31, 2005 (Art 7, L 1996-07-15/33, art. 11, 012) 


    updated: 7/29/2021
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