Canada Suspends Visa Approval For Residents Of Ebola-Hit Countries

Canada Suspends Visa Approval For Residents Of Ebola-Hit Countries

By Joseph Emmanuel | Staff Reporter on November 1, 2014
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A health care worker wears a protective suit at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Canadian government has on Friday, October 31, 2014 announced its suspension of visa applications for travellers from Ebola-hit countries in a bid to stop the spread the deadly virus into its borders.

In a statement released by Canada’s health minister, Rona Ambrose, it stated:

“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 also added that Canadian immigration authorities will not process any visa application for individuals or group 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 on Friday, October 31, 2014 is built on actions we have taken to protect the health and safety of Canadians here at home,” he stated.

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