Travel Ban Imposed

The Government has imposed an immediate travel ban on persons traveling directly or indirectly from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In a statement this afternoon the National Security Ministry says the ban has been issued in light of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Ministry says the travel ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The ban also extends to persons who’ve traveled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within the past 28 days.

According to the Security Ministry, the travel ban extends to Commonwealth citizens, excluding citizens of Jamaica, who’ve traveled to or transited via Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica.

The Security Ministry says CARICOM nationals benefiting from the free movement regime are also subject to the landing restriction which is a temporary measure necessary for the protection of human and animal health.

According to the Ministry, Jamaicans, who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to the island, will also be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in the island.

The Ministry says it wishes to advise the general public that the Government reserves the right to screen all Jamaican nationals.

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