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HIV Travel Turkey Türkiye

-Travel to Türkiye-
-Regulations on entry, stay
and residence for PLHIV-

Restriction categories relative to Türkiye;
Countries without restrictions

Entry regulations

No restrictions for PLHIV.
No HIV testing on entry.

Residence regulations

No restrictions for PLHIV individuals during residence application.

Additional information

Before marriage, state office of marriage only asks for consent of HIV negatif partner. No restriction for marriage at all.

- HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Türkiye -

*There are no restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS.
There are no specific legal regulations concerning people living with HIV/AIDS. 

*Neither a medical certificate nor an HIV test result is required when entering the country.

Foreigners with a known HIV infection are not subject to specific residence regulations.

There are no regulations regarding the control, deportation or expulsion of those concerned

*You may have to check specific customs regulation for importing your prescription medication.

In almost all cases, importing medicines for personal use would not pose a problem.

To be on the safe side, carry a doctor’s prescription in English with you.

The prescription should make no mention of HIV.

Note that these recommendations are not specific to antiretroviral drugs.

The customs rules apply to all prescription medication.

/Always take some days of extra medication with you. 

You might not return as planned, for unforeseeable reasons.

It is cumbersome to run after expensive prescription medication in a different country,

and you might not even receive the drugs you are taking if in need.

- HIV treatment informations for Türkiye -

Foreigners have to pay for medication and hospital expenses in Türkiye unless they have a Turkish social security registration.
However, emergency treatment is free for general health situations, but not for HIV related treatment.

Currently almost all the antiretroviral drugs are available in Türkiye.

One can buy all medications from pharmacy with (or w/o) prescriptions.
But it does not depend on us or any NGOs.
Please ask to the pharmacy if they are providing drugs w/o prescriptions.

You can use this link for the current price information of HIV medications.

The following hospitals admit and treat patients with HIV but these are not the only clinics for HIV treatment.

Some of these hospitals are State University Clinics, others are regular State hospitals.

In every city, there is at least one Medicine Research and Education Clinic so called

“Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi” in Turkish where you can talk doctors and take HIV treatment.


- Hospitals -

Here are some information about hospitals in İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir and Antalya
You can reach us by our #OnlineHIVCounselling service for more information.



Marmara University Hospital
Infectious Diseases Department
International Patient Service (


Istanbul University Hospital

Infectious Diseases Department
Istanbul University | İstanbul Faculty of Medicine (


SB. Sisli Etfal Egitim ve Arastirma
Hastanesi Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
Sisli Etfal Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi
34377 Sisli, Istanbul
Phone: 0212 231 2209

SB. Haseki Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi



Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi
Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi


Ankara Numune Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi
Infeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi


Ege Tip Fakültesi
Enfeksiyon Hastaliklari Klinigi
Ege Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi Hastanesi


Izmir Atatürk Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi


Akdeniz University Hospital

-Do you have questions?-

If you need more information or have any questions about travel to Turkey
Red Ribbon Istanbul team will be happy to answer them!

Click here or image for our #onlinehivcounselling service.

HIV Travel Turkey Türkiye
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