Travel Alert – Australia – Visa Ban…

Drum Cussac  has issued this latest warning for people traveling in the country of Australia.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Visa Ban for Travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to Ebola Concerns

Category: Health and Medical

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: Drum Cussac

10/28/2014 (Australia) – Australia issued a ban on visas from West African nations, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, affected by the Ebola outbreak, according to the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, 28 October. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that those who have received non-permanent or temporary visas and who have not yet left for Australia will have their visas cancelled. Those with permanent visas can enter the country, but have to be quarantined for 21 days prior to arriving.

The restriction comes a day after an 18-year-old in Brisbane tested negative for Ebola after arriving from Guinea earlier this month. There are currently 19 people from West Africa who are in self-quarantine in Queensland after they arrived in Australia under a humanitarian programme. So far the Health Ministry has not registered any cases of Ebola in Australia, but the latest travel restrictions demonstrate its concerns. The government estimates about 30 Australians are working in West Africa for organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Red Cross.

More than 4,900 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, according to the World Health Organisation. The three countries hardest-hit by Ebola are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The Ebola virus can be transmitted through body fluid or mucus contact from infected humans and animals. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, chills, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, backache, and joint pains. There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola.

At present, we assess the risk of contraction to be low based on the lack of registered cases in Australia. Nevertheless, personnel are advised to keep abreast of these developments by monitoring the local media for any Ebola-related updates. Extra health screening measures at entry points could lead to travel delays, and as such extra time should be allowed for travel into or out of the country. Additionally, travellers should apply stringent hygiene and infection control precautions at all times, including frequent hand-washing.

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