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ScotCharles
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Travel to the People's Republic of China
      #174368 - 02/09/06 03:50 PM

I was planning a trip to the PRC this spring to visit sites I have read about since I was a child - the Summer Palace, Great Wall, Xian, the Ming Tombs, Flute Cave, Hangchow, Hong Kong, etc. BUT...as I found when I got the Visa application, I have to certify that I am not HIV positive and that lying on the application can subject me to fine, deportation, or imprisonment. All of which seem unpleasant in the US let alone mainland China. I have no problem lying on the application, but I worry about a snoopy customs officials finding my meds, which for a three week trip is a prodigious amount, and then querying me on purpose, etc, or worse, referring me to a medical officer who will know what the pills are for.

I have traveled a lot and have never had to certify that I am not HIV positive on a visa application. Does anyone have experience with this, should I worry?

A good friend who moved to the PRC to take a teaching job had to have an HIV test, but she was going for several years. Tests are not required for tourist visas, it seems.

Help, I really want to go the PRC.

ScotCharles

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