In her address to the Parliament, the Namibian Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Rosalia Nghidinwa, has formally announced to remove all HIV related immigration barriers for people living with HIV from its Immigration Control Regulation.
The new Regulation now reads:
Contagious infection or viruses or diseases
13. Any contagious infection or virus or disease (air born or transmitted through casual contact) that exist or may develop from time to time that is declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and which warrants restriction of international travel and mobility as per the International Health Regulation adopted by the Fifty-Eight World Health Assembly (2005) to which Namibia is a party, including any amendment to which Namibia becomes a party, is regarded as contagious for the purpose of paragraph (e) of subsection (2) of section 39 of the Act.
The Minister closed her announcement saying:
This decision does repeal a regulation from 1993, which the Government of Namibia has promised to amend in March 2009.
Under the old regulation, applicants for temporary or long term residence had to submit a medical certificate stating that the applicant was
(a) not mentally disordered or physically defective in any way;
(b) not suffering from leprosy, veneral disease, trachoma, tuberculosis or other infectious or contagious diseases;
(c) generally in a good state of health.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of travellers arriving from infected areas.
For updated information, please go to: www.hivrestrictions.org