Ukraine lifts a ban on entry by HIV-positive people
Ukraine announced the end of a 14-year ban on travel – Ombudsman
Ukraine has updated its Law on Prevention of AIDS and Social Protection of Population. Among other changes, restrictions on entry for HIV-positive people have been removed. Foreigners and stateless persons with HIV-positive status may freely enter Ukrainian borders. These people may apply for a formal employment without any unjustified obstacles now.
According to the Ombudsman Valeria Lutkovska, the abolition of the ban appropriate for HIV-positive foreigners and persons without citizenship is a significant step forward in following human rights and combating discrimination against people with HIV. In addition, by adopting such a decision, Ukraine joined the list of 140 progressive states which also cancelled such prohibitions.
A ban on immigration to Ukraine people living with HIV has been established the list of communicable diseases, a disease that is the basis for the denial of permission to immigrate to Ukraine, approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine October 19, 2001.
Regulations on entry, stay and residence for PLHIV in some countries still remain very strict. Among the countries with entry bar are Russia, Iran, Iraq, Singapore, Sudan, Brunei, Qatar, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
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