Jamaica lifts ban on travellers from Ebola-affected countries

A Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday January 8, 2016 – Government has lifted the ban it introduced more than a year ago on people entering the island from countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

The Ministry of National Security made the announcement yesterday, saying the decision recently taken by Cabinet followed recent indications from the World Health Organization (WHO) about the reduction of cases worldwide, especially in countries that were directly affected by the virus.

In October 2014, the government instituted the ban on people ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as persons who had travelled to or transited through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, within 28 days of having departed from these countries.

However, the WHO says the criteria it established to declare the end of any known transmission of the Ebola virus have now been met.

It has therefore declared an end to the outbreak in the three key countries where the virus had been most prevalent – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Health management strategies in those countries have also shifted from outbreak control towards surveillance and consolidating the gains made from controlling the spread of the virus.

Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security said the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, in collaboration with the Health Ministry, will continue to monitor the ports of entry to safeguard the health of people in the country.

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