Sunday, 06 November 2016

The Government of Maldives lifts travel restrictions to and from countries with high levels of Ebola Virus Disease transmission

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6 November 2016; The Government of Maldives today has decided to lift visa ban to travellers arriving from countries heavily affected by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The countries listed by World Health Organization as those heavily affected by EVD were Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa.

The restriction measures imposed by the Government of the Maldives were subjected to the following;-

  1. Travelers arriving from the above mentioned three countries with widespread and intense transmission of Ebola  Virus Disease were not be issued on- arrival visa

  2. Third country nationals arriving to Maldives who have visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were not be issued on-arrival visa till after 21 days had elapsed since their travel to any of these countries.

  3. Maldivian nationals were also advised against any travel to the affected countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

On 9 June 2016, the WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of EVD in Liberia and stated that all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. 

The Government of Maldives however remains cautious and prepared to detect and respond to any likely cases of Ebola Disease Virus

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives


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