The Gambia has announced new restrictions for travelers from Ebola-hit nations in West Africa where an epidemic of the disease has killed over 2, 600 people since March. A report by The Point newspaper on Monday quoted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Banjul as indicating that people entering the country from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo would be prevented from entering The Gambia unless they had left the affected countries 21 days before.
The report referred to a statement from the ministry which clarified that individuals from those countries with a proven Ebola-free status would be exempted.
Under the new restrictions, travelers from the Ebola-ravaged countries can only pass through the three designated entry points into The Gambia namely, the Banjul International Airport and the border posts of Amdalai and Giboro.
The government said these are part of measures aimed at facilitating a thorough medical screening for signs and symptoms of the virus with visitors to the country ordered to provide the contact details of the people who will be hosting them while in The Gambia.
The citizens of Senegal where only one case of the disease was confirmed and treated have been exempted from such restrictions, the government said.
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