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AIDS: A GLOBAL ASSESSMENT : Restrictions on Travel, Foreign Workers and Immigrants

August 09, 1987

An increasing number of nations are placing restrictions on foreigners in attempts to stem the AIDS epidemic. These are some of the countries that have announced such plans. Country Australia People Screened and Restrictions Immigrants. AIDS virus carriers are refused entry. Country Belgium People Screened and Restrictions Scholarship students from Africa--about 1,500--must take AIDS virus blood tests. Students loses their visas if they test positive. Country Bulgaria People Screened and Restrictions Foreigners seeking visas to visit for one month or more. AIDS virus blood test on arrival. Deported if positive. Country China People Screened and Restrictions Foreign students and foreigners seeking residence permits for one year or more must take AIDS virus blood test on arrival. Deported if positive. Chinese nationals returning from work overseas also tested. Country Costa Rica People Screened and Restrictions Compulsory testing for foreigners seeking residence visas. Visa denied if test is positive. Country India People Screened and Restrictions Foreign students screened at the time of admission to universities. India has 80,000 foreign students, about half from Central Africa. Country Iraq People Screened and Restrictions AIDS virus blood tests for foreigners who wish to visit more than two weeks. Visitors who fail to report for their tests risk fines and possible imprisonment. Country Kuwait People Screened and Restrictions Applicants for work permits must be certified to be free of the AIDS virus. Country Saudi Arabia People Screened and Restrictions Foreign workers. Deported if AIDS virus carriers. Country Soviet Union People Screened and Restrictions AIDS antibodies tests for foreign students. Deported if positive. Country Thailand People Screened and Restrictions Foreigners with AIDS may not enter. Country United Arab Emirates People Screened and Restrictions Foreign workers. Deportation if AIDS virus positive. Country United States People Screened and Restrictions Refugees and immigrants diagnosed with AIDS are not admitted. Federal proposal for mandatory AIDS antibodies testing of immigrants, refugees and applicants for legal resident status expected to take effect in September. All who test positive would be denied entry.

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