Iran - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Iran

  • Countries with entry bar
  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries with unclear laws/practices; more information needed

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for tourist and business stays of up to three months. Foreign nationals applying for a work or residence permit must present a negative HIV test result. Different regulations may apply depending on country of residence (c.f. source 3).

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Iran

There are no restrictions for tourist and business visas for up to three months.

Foreigners applying for a work and residence permit, or who wish to stay for more than three months, must present a health certificate with a negative HIV test result. 

Exceptions are holders of diplomatic, service or special passports, and tourists and businessmen staying for less than three months. 

We have no information about importing antiretroviral medication for personal use.

(Source: 1)

Practice might not be the same everywhere:

From our experience in Baku/Azerbaijan, we know that all applicants for an Iranian visa are required to provide a blood test, performed by an Iranian organization in Baku. Visas are denied if the applicant’s test is positive.

(Source: 2)

People applying for a visitor visa (short-term tourist stay) via the embassy in South Africa are required to present original pathologist test results for HIV, TB, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. These results must not be older than one month.

(Source: 3)

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Iran. If you intend to reside in Iran, you must submit to a blood test, which may include an HIV test, in order to apply for a residency permit. Permits will be refused if the HIV test is positive.

(Source: 4)

Tourist visa applications ask for existing chronic and infectious diseases. People declaring a positive HIV status will not be granted an entry visa. According to the local embassy, people living with HIV are not allowed to enter Iran.

Editor’s note: The application form is cannot be accessed on the Iranian consulate web site (electronic application with several steps).

(Source: 5)


HIV treatment information for Iran

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    1. Embassy of Germany, Teheran, December 2015
    2. Embassy of Germany, Teheran, March 4, 2008
    3. Iranian Consulate Pretoria website,, consulted July 3, 2018
    4. US Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs; / January 10, 2018; consulted July 3, 2018
    5. Dominik Bachmann, Swiss AIDS Federation, Legal Department, via email,  November 16, 2010; Editor’s note:, consulted July 3, 2018


    updated: 7/3/2018
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