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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

AIDS Test for Visa Renewal

Resident foreigners will be asked to show certified proof that they are HIV-negative when their visas expire if the State Duma's latest AIDS bill becomes law, Leonid Kogan, a member of the State Duma committee that drafted the law, said Monday.

Although the committee has not yet established guidelines on certification, some foreign HIV test results will be acceptable, he said. In accordance with President Boris Yeltsin's amendments, the bill requires foreigners to show certified proof that they are HIV-negative to receive visas for more than three months.

An earlier bill, vetoed by Yeltsin, aroused international protest by requiring that all foreigners be tested regardless of the duration of their stay -- a move that could have led to border checkpoints and that sharply reduced 1995 tourism reservations.

After passing the State Duma on Friday, the amended version Monday moved to the upper house of parliament. Some time in the next several weeks, the Federation Council is scheduled to review the measure.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, which would play a major part in implementing such a law, had no comment Monday, saying any questions are hypothetical unless and until the president signs the bill into law. The measure calls for the law to come into effect Aug. 1, if it passes the Federation Council and is signed.

The United States requires an AIDS test for immigrant visas but not for tourist visas, an embassy spokesman said.