Friday, 31 October 2014

Canada suspends visas for residents of Ebola-hit African countries

In a bid to also stop the spread of Ebola into its borders, the Canadian government today October 31st announced its suspension of visa applications for travelers from Ebola-hit countries.

Below is the statement released today by Canada's health minister, Rona Ambrose
"Our number one priority is to protect Canadians. We continue to work with domestic and international partners to aid efforts to respond to the outbreak in West Africa, while strengthening our domestic preparedness here at home."
The Canadian immigration minister, Chris Alexander said Canadian immigration authorities will not process any visa application for individuals who have been in any Ebola-affected nation 'within three months prior to the date of the application.'
"Canada has been a leader in the international efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The precautionary measures announced today build on actions we have taken to protect the health and safety of Canadians here at home." he said.