How to visit Singapore if you are HIV +ve
Singapore has strict anti-HIV laws.
Update: From 1st April 2015, the travel ban on HIV +ve people visiting Singapore has been lifted.
Now, anyone who is HIV +ve can visit Singapore as a tourist or for medical treatment just like any other tourist.
There is no longer a need for special visas or applications.
However, the ban on HIV +ve people getting Work Permits, Employment Passes, becoming a Permanent Resident or Citizen still exists.
Anyone who is HIV +ve is not allowed to visit Singapore.
However, tourists and individuals coming in on Social Visits passes are not routinely screened.
If a person wishes to work in Singapore, become a Permanent Resident or become a Citizen, a HIV test is usually required.
Some HIV +ve people still want to visit Singapore. Some even for HIV treatment.
I wrote to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore to ask them exactly how a person who is HIV +ve can still visit Singapore.
This is their reply:
The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (Non-AIDS) are classified as contagious diseases under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 137). Foreigners suffering from AIDS or infected with HIV are ineligible for the issue of a Visit Pass. If they wish to visit Singapore, they may seek prior approval through ICA before their intended travel. An appeal for entry may be submitted through a local sponsor at the Visitor Services Centre, 4th Storey, ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road, Singapore 208718 for ICA’s consideration. The local sponsor may also mail the duly completed application forms, along with the relevant supporting documents (e.g. Doctor’s letter about medical condition, purpose of visiting Singapore etc), addressed to:
Visitor Services Centre
ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road #08-00
The following documents are required for the application:
a) Application Form 14 & V39I (duly completed & signed); (Available for download at http://www.ica.gov.sg/e_services_overview.aspx?pageid=290 )
b) Photocopies of applicant’s passport pages showing the bio date page and signature of the passport holder;
c) Local sponsor’s Singapore Identity Card (I/C); and
d) Notice of refusal, if any.
Note: Local sponsor can be an individual Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident (SC/PR) aged 21 and above or a Singapore-registered company.
Please state clearly the reason(s) or purpose for the applicant’s entry and intended duration of visit on Application Form 14. The applicant may also include any other supporting documents that he/she deems relevant to substantiate his/her application.
Thereafter, his/her local sponsor will be notified by post on the outcome.
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