Singapore imposes visa rule for West Africa Ebola nations

This general view shows passengers in the transit hall of Changi International Airport in Singapore on 8 May 2014

Citizens of West African countries where Ebola is prevalent will require a visa to enter Singapore from Wednesday.

The health ministry said the visa requirement for those from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would allow for better oversight and tracing.

Authorities have been cautious of a possible outbreak in the city-state and major transport hub, which was hit by the Sars virus in 2003.

Ebola has claimed more than 4,900 lives in West Africa.

Singaporean media have reported at least two suspected cases of Ebola, though both later tested negative.

One, a Nigerian woman, was later found to not have had any contact with Ebola patients and was discharged. The other person had a fever after travelling to an affected area but was diagnosed with tonsillitis.

Singapore’s visa move follows Australia’s announcement last week that it was suspending entry visas for Ebola-affected countries, prompting condemnation from Sierra Leone and rights group Amnesty International.

A World Health Organization official has told the BBC that there has been a “slowing down” in the number of cases cropping up in some of the affected areas in West Africa.

Singapore’s visa move follows Australia’s announcement last week that it was suspending entry visas for Ebola-affected countries, prompting condemnation from Sierra Leone and rights group Amnesty International.

A World Health Organization official has told the BBC that there has been a “slowing down” in the number of cases cropping up in some of the affected areas in West Africa.

Ebola deaths in West Africa

Up to 29 October

4,951

Deaths – probable, confirmed and suspected

(Includes one death in US and one in Mali)

  • 2,413 Liberia
  • 1,510 Sierra Leone
  • 1,018 Guinea
  • 8 Nigeria

 

Credit : BBC