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Author Topic: Travel to South Korea - Post Ban Lifting  (Read 1225 times)

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Offline ElZorro

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Travel to South Korea - Post Ban Lifting
« on: November 18, 2011, 06:17:25 PM »
Has anyone traveled to South Korea since they agreed to lift the ban in Jan 2010?

I have an opportunity to spend a couple of weeks there for work in December, but the information about their treatment of PLH is ambiguous at best. It indicates that there are not travel restrictions for less than 90 days, but that they reserve the right to expel those who are suspected of carrying an infectious disease like HIV.

I'm not willing to risk trying to hide or otherwise disguise my HIV meds (Issentress & Truvada) and just hope no one puts two and two together.

I can't risk having the client fund all of the travel and then being put back on a plane to the U.S. because customs asks me about some meds and I tell the truth.


Offline Esquare

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Re: Travel to South Korea - Post Ban Lifting
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 02:59:48 AM »
I traveled to Korea in 09 with my meds and didn't encounter a problem.  I had them buried in my carry on luggage.  I had absolutely no issue whatsoever and I was there for a major business trip.  I wouldn't sweat it if I were you.  I'd recommend not being nervous or anxious about it and don't run around telling people your medical business.  They will ask you how long you are staying and for what is your business purpose.  As far as security goes they are looking for bombs and weird electronic items.  Have a great time in Korea.  I love that place.

Offline gemini20

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Re: Travel to South Korea - Post Ban Lifting
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 09:10:15 AM »
I've stayed in Seoul for the last three years while travelling back from Sydney - have carried meds in hand luggage and never once been asked anything about them.

Hope you go ahead and enjoy your visit.

Diagnosed 11th September 1991
Current CD4 count 484 (26%); viral load undetectable (December 2011).
Restarting boosted Prezista 08/04/11

Offline dpb

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Re: Travel to South Korea - Post Ban Lifting
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 10:15:41 AM »
I was living in Korea (Seoul) at the time of my diagnosis.  I was told I had to leave per military policy.  I've often wondered though if they contacted the Korean public health department to inform them of my status and information, and if that would prohibit me from ever returning.
Date        CD4    %    VL
1/15/11    Diagnosed
3/1/11    525    18    168,518
5/12/11    558    16    331,791
5/16/11    Started Atripla
5/31/11    NA    NA    1,200
6/15/11    721    21    330
7/15/11    649    23    231
8/15/11    569    25    UD
11/17/11  752    26    UD
3/1/12    634    27    UD
7/2/12    594    26    UD
2/13       676    30    UD
9/13       662    31    UD

Offline ElZorro

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Re: Travel to South Korea - Post Ban Lifting
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2011, 07:23:18 PM »
Thanks for the feedback!

Some of the other advice I received was to be prepared to lie about the meds if questioned by customs but I'm not comfortable with that so I'm going to send someone else for this trip. There will be others in the future and, since my son is living there right now, I figure I'll take a trip for personal reasons first to test the waters before risking it on a biz trip


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