India - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

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Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
There are no restrictions for people with HIV. All restrictions lifted in November 2010.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for India

There are no restrictions for HIV positive visitors. No questions relating to a potential HIV infection are asked when individuals apply for a visa, residency or work permit.

(Source: 1)

In a communication to embassies and consulates dated September 17, 2010, the Ministry of External Affairs clarified that there are no travel or residency restrictions for People Living with HIV coming to India.

(Source: 2)

There are no disclosure requirements or restrictions for HIV/AIDS patients who enter India on a tourist visa. Disclosure regarding HIV/AIDS is required of anyone seeking a resident permit in India. Foreign residents found to be suffering from HIV/AIDS will be deported. 

(Source: 3)

Author’s note: we have no evidence about disclosure requirements for residence applicants and deportations from India.


HIV treatment information for India

Treatment is available.


HIV information / HIV NGOs in India


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 Germany, New Delhi, January 21, 2008.
    Information confirmed to the authors by Vijay K. Trivedi, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Geneva, June 24, 2008
  2. The Times of India, November 27, 2010
  3. U.S. Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs;, October 12, 2021, consulted March 22, 2022


updated: 3/22/2022
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