Is HIV/STD testing needed for a foreign work visa?

In many cases, yes. More and more countries are requiring that travelers and tourists have proof of HIV/STD testing before attaining a work visa. Russia, for example, requires proof of HIV testing if one is staying for 90 or more days – which is often the case if they are travelling for work. Canada, China, India, and South Africa are also among the list of countries who include HIV testing in their visa requirements.

In some countries, a test is only required upon certain circumstances, such as the case with Russia. In other places it may depend on the visitor’s age, the purpose of their visit, or in many cases the length of their stay. Failure to adhere to these policies could result in work visa denial or other complications. It is recommended that travellers investigate the guidelines set by their destination before making any travel arrangements.