I recently stumbled upon a post that claims that:

For all the people who wish to come to the UAE for vacation or for shopping there's a new rule. Upon arrival at the airport an HIV/AIDS test will be administered to all before you are allowed to enter the country. If you test positive (God forbid!) you will be returned to your country.

I'm well aware that UAE is based on Sharia law, but I find this highly unlikely. Is it true?

1 Answer 1


Have they had some sort of HIV/AIDS test for some people? Yes.

From HIV/AIDS in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions on persons applying for a work or residence visa. An HIV/AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival.[2]

The citation is to the US Department of State (the link is broken).

This doesn't answer whether tourists are affected.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .