Travel restrictions related to ebola

Published on 8 August 2014

Some governments give a negative travel advice to countries where there is an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

On July 31, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control updated a travel advisory urging all U.S. residents to avoid all but essential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The Canadian, British, and Australian governments have likewise issued travel advisories for the same areas. The French government has additionally warned against non-essential travel to Nigeria.

The World Health Organization has published information on its website, including advice for travelers to countries where Ebola has been found.  While the WHO warns travelers that Ebola fatality rates can be as high as 90%, it also states that the risk of a tourist or businessman/woman becoming infected with Ebola virus during a visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is extremely low, even if the visit included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported.