Jamaica Lifts Ban on Travelers From Ebola Affected Countries

The government of Jamaica has lifted the ban it introduced in October 2014, on persons entering the island from countries that were seriously affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

Jamaica's Ministry of National Security made the announcement yesterday, stating that the cabinet made the decision in light of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recent indications that there has been a reduction in Ebola cases worldwide, especially from countries that were directly affected by the virus.

The WHO said that in the countries where the virus was most prominent, which include Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea,  the health management strategies have shifted from outbreak control towards surveillance and consolidating the gains made from controlling the spread of the virus.

The government of Jamaica, in late 2014, had imposed a ban on residents of those countries entering the island, as well as people who had travelled to or transited through those territories within 28 days of departure.

With the ban now being lifted, Jamaica's Ministry of National security indicated that the country's Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, in collaboration with the Health Ministry, will continue to monitor the ports of entry into the country in order to safeguard the health and security of persons residing in Jamaica.

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