Testing and Travel

Q. What are the testing requirements for entrance into a foreign country? Which organization/agency has information regarding this matter?

A. Tests done in the U.S. are accepted in some countries. Anyone can call the embassy of a country to find out if U.S. tests are accepted and under what conditions. It is important to get details such as which laboratories in the United States may perform tests, and where to have results certified and authenticated. Many countries require that foreigners be tested for HIV prior to entry. This is particularly true for foreigners intending to immigrate or stay for long periods of time. The phone numbers of embassies are available from the reference section of a public library or from the 202 (Washington, D.C.) area code directory assistance service. Also, you may call the Public Information Office at the U.S. Department of State at (202) 647-6575.

Q. What are the testing requirements for entrance into the United States? Which organization/agency has information regarding this matter?

A. The federal government requires HIV testing of immigrants and foreign service personnel entering the United States. (11) For more information, call the U.S. Department of State at (202) 647-6575.

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