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Gambia restricts entry from Ebola-affected countries

Sep 22, 2014, 10:30 AM | Article By: Minister Foreign Affairs

The Gambia government has announced travel restrictions on people from countries affected by the Ebola virus disease.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Banjul in a week-end press release declared that people living in the Ebola-affected areas of DR Congo, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would not be allowed entry into The Gambia, before 21 days after leaving those countries.

Only individuals with proven records that they have left those countries within the last 21 days or more would be exempt, it added.

Moreover, visitors allowed into The Gambia from countries affected by the Ebola virus “can enter the country” only through the use of the designated entry points; Banjul International Airport and the border posts of Amdalai and Giboro.

This measure, the release continued, “is to facilitate thorough medical screening for signs and symptoms of the virus, and all visitors entering the country should provide contact persons and addresses of their hosts in The Gambia.”

“The travel restrictions exclude citizens of Senegal,” the release added.