The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to control and to prevent from spreading further. Cases of Ebola virus disease and the resulting deaths continue to be reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More are likely to occur. There have been a small number of cases and deaths associated with this outbreak reported in Mali and the United States.
The Government of Canada recommends that Canadians avoid non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that Canadians in Mali practise special precautions.
If you decide to remain in or travel to an Ebola-affected country despite this Advisory, sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive updates on local developments that may affect your safety and security.
You should also verify your coverage with your health insurance provider. Access to medical services may be scarce. Should you require medical evacuation, service availability is limited and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you would assume sole responsibility for any costs. The Government of Canada cannot guarantee access to medical evacuation services.
Consult the Government of Canada Travel Health Notices for Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali for more information on Ebola virus disease and how to protect yourself if you must travel to the affected countries. Additional information is available on the Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali Country travel advice and advisories pages.
Impact on travellers
Travelling the world
Many international airports, ports and other points of entry around the world have implemented Ebola screening measures, which usually consist of a health declaration and/or a temperature check. Individuals arriving from countries that have been affected by the Ebola outbreak are being denied entry into many countries. Before you travel, contact the nearest embassy, consulate or high commission of the country you plan to visit.
Some airlines have reduced the number of flights in and out of West Africa, and this precaution could be extended to a wider area of Africa.
Public health measures at Canada’s borders have been strengthened to protect Canadians and prevent the spread of Ebola to Canada. All travellers coming into Canada with a travel history from the outbreak regions will receive a health assessment from a Quarantine Officer and will be required to report to a local public health authority and self-monitor for up to 21 days. Quarantine Officers will provide travellers with an information kit and additional measures to follow depending on their level of exposure to Ebola.
Canada’s public health response to Ebola
In Canada, all levels of government are involved in preparing for and responding to any infectious disease emergencies.Learn about how the Government of Canada is prepared to protect Canadians from Ebola.
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