Jordan - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Jordan

  • Countries with entry bar
  • Countries with restrictions for short term stays (<90 days)
  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries deporting people with HIV

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
People with HIV/AIDS are not permitted to enter Jordan. Testing is mandatory when applying for a residency or work permit. People testing HIV positive are expelled.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Jordan

You must undergo medical exams to obtain a residency permit. This includes mandatory testing for tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis C.

(Source: 1)

No HIV test is required for short-term stays of up to one month.

In addition, the embassy sent the following information from an unspecified official source:

“Every foreigner applying for a work or residency permit has to undergo a medical examination, including HIV testing. The exam has to happen within one month after arrival. Members of the Diplomatic Corps are not concerned by this measure. In the case of a positive test result, the National AIDS Programme will be informed. The Minister of the Interior will be informed and proceed with the deportation of the HIV-infected foreigner.”

On the subject of importing antiretroviral medication for personal use, the same source states:

“For whom? Foreigners with HIV are expelled, and Jordanian citizens with HIV and/or their HIV-infected foreign spouses are supplied with the required medication via the National AIDS Programme.”

(Source: 2)

HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Jordan. Travellers may not be allowed into the country at ports of entry, including land border crossings, if they are known to have HIV. This policy, however, is rarely enforced and Jordanian authorities do not screen for HIV/AIDS at the border. Jordan does not permit residency for foreign nationals with HIV/AIDS. Travellers seeking to extend their stay beyond the initial timeframe are legally required to have an HIV/AIDS test performed at a government medical facility as part of a general medical screening. Those who fail to submit to the test or who test positive for HIV are denied residency and may be deported. For further information, please see the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan website before you travel.

 (Source: 3)


HIV treatment information for Jordan

No information available


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Jordan

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  1.  Government of Canada website, Travel and tourism information, consulted July 3, 2018
  2. Embassy of Germany, Amman, June 3, 2008
    (referring to information provided by Jordanian authorities, translated by the Embassy)
  3. U.S. Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs; / January 10, 2018; consulted July 3, 2018


updated: 7/3/2018
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