08 December 2010
Mandatory HIV testing no longer required for Indian Visa application
The Indian Government has announced that foreign nationals coming to India will no longer have to sign an undertaking regarding their HIV status in their visa forms.
The move has been described by the Forum of Parliamentarians on HIV and AIDS as “very heartening”.
In 2002, the ministry of health and family welfare issued a notification that the mandatory testing for HIV by foreign nationals should be removed from the India Visa forms, but it was not enforced.
However, in Sep 17 this year, however, the ministry of external affairs issued a fresh notification on the same to all Indian Embassies and consulates saying there are no travel or residency restrictions for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) coming to India.
India has now joined other countries like the United States and China in lifting travel restrictions.
The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in Indian Visa and immigration services.