[www.inewsguyana.com] – Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett says that all of Guyana’s embassies and consulates abroad were instructed not to issue visas to nationals from West African countries in light of the Ebola outbreak there.
Minister Rodrigues – Birkett made this clarification on her Facebook Page today, Thursday, October 16, following the revelation by her colleague Minister, Dr Bheri Ramsaran that persons from Africa will not be banned from coming to Guyana.
However, the Foreign Affairs Minister made it clear that although new visas will not be issued, those who already have visas will be allowed to travel. This decision, she said was made since September 09.
“While this does not constitute a travel ban for persons from African countries (Africa has 54 countries) it is one measure aimed at dealing with this deadly virus which is proving challenging for rich and not rich countries alike,” Minister Rodrigues – Birkett stated in her Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Dr Ramsaran had told iNews that there are stringent restrictions on entry to Guyana by persons who may pose a threat to the health of the Nation by the importation of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Thus far there are no suspected Ebola cases in Guyana and that at least one person was turned back to Suriname at the Moleson Creek border.
Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 4,447 people have died from the outbreak, mainly in West Africa.