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Travel ban on Ebola affect countries now in effect

Published:Wednesday | October 22, 2014 | 9:04 AM

The travel ban imposed by Jamaica on persons travelling from Ebola affected West African countries is now in effect.



Minister of National Security Peter Bunting said the International Air Transport Association advised the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency yesterday that the restriction has been implemented.



Bunting, who was speaking in parliament, said the ban prohibits persons who travel directly or indirectly from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from entering Jamaica.



The travel ban was announced by the government last Thursday as part of measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering Jamaica.



Meanwhile, the national security minister said Jamaica has established a National Emergency Operation Centre to coordinate the country's Ebola preparedness.



He said as part of those activities, the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard and the Marine police will be increasing its monitoring of the country's maritime space.



Bunting said the army will also participate in the establishment of quick response teams to be based at Up Park Camp as well as the health ministry’s public education campaign.



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