Africa Map for Ebola Outbreak

Botswana

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Botswana has banned travellers from Sierra Leone,
Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and DRC.

Botswana’s Health Deputy Permanent Secretary, Shenaaz El-Halabi, said during
a recent media briefing that Botswana is screening all arrivals from West
Africa and that the country has implemented travel restrictions for visitors
from the four affected countries. These measures are part of a new
comprehensive Preparedness Plan.

Travel incidents: The African Travel and Tourism Association reported that
US tourists were refused entry into Botswana because they had arrived from
Lagos, Nigeria.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 5 300km

Cameroon

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Cameroon has placed a travel ban on Nigeria, Liberia,
Guinea and Sierra Leone. Flights and ships travelling from or via Ebola
affected countries are banned.

Flight cancellations: Cameroon has banned all flights from Nigeria.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 2 500km

Cape Verde Islands

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: The government of Cape Verde has announced that
restrictions on entry for those who have previously travelled to Senegal
have been lifted. Restrictions on travel into the country still remain for
non-residents who have been in Nigeria, the DRC, Guinea, Sierra Leone and
Liberia in the last 30 days.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 1 715km

Chad

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Chad has cancelled all incoming flights from or via
countries affected by Ebola, including Nigeria, as a prevention measure
against the spread of Ebola to Chad. Chad has also cancelled all flights
from or via Ghana.

Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Ebola cases: WHO declared the Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola free on
November 21.

The DRC has confirmed 38 cases of Ebola. This outbreak is unrelated to that
affecting Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and the
United States of America

Travel insurance: Travellers are covered for Ebola. Should a travel warning
or advisory be issued for these regions, they may not be covered. Generally,
insurance policies don’t provide cover for travellers to areas where a
travel advisory has been issued by either the South African government or
the UK FCO.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 3 250km

Equatorial Guinea

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Flights to/from Sao Tome and Principe, Cameroon, Ivory
Coast, Ghana, Republic of Congo, Benin, Togo, Nigeria and Gabon have now
resumed. However, travel to/from West, Central or East Africa are not being
granted permission from Malabo port which is located on Bioko island, just
off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. Equatorial Guinea has also suspended
visa issuance for those intending to travel to or from Equatorial Guinea to
or from any West or Central African countries.

Ethiopia

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Ethiopia has not banned travel to and from
Ebola-affected countries. Doctors and nurses are on standby at the airport
to treat any possible cases in isolation.

Flight cancellations: Ethiopian Airlines is continuing flights to West
Africa. The airline has no direct flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone or
Guinea. Airline officials have said that the airline is taking precautions.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 5 500km

Gabon

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Gabon has issued a travel ban on all nationals of Ebola
affected areas. The country has also issued a travel warning for travel to
Ebola-affected areas.

Ghana

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: The government of Ghana issued a travel advisory on
Thursday, August 21, urging citizens to only travel to the affected
countries if it is “absolutely necessary” to do so.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 1 200km

Guinea

Ebola cases: Guinea has 2 775 confirmed cases of Ebola in the following
towns: Conakry, Guéckédou, Macenta, Siguri, Forécariah and Kérouané.

Researchers believe that the first human case of the Ebola virus disease
leading to the 2014 outbreak was a 2-year-old boy who died 6 December 2013
in the village of Meliandou. His mother, 3-year-old sister and grandmother
then became ill with symptoms consistent with Ebola infection and died.

Guinea falls in the category of countries with widespread and intense
transmission.

Travel restrictions: Health officials in Guinea say all passengers departing
from the capital city’s airport must fill out a health form and have their
temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius
will be tested for the disease.

Guinea Bissau

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Guinea Bissau closed its borders with Guinea last week
until further notice.

The country has taken a series of drastic measures to prevent the virus from
taking hold in the country, such as banning group gatherings at weddings,
funerals and baptisms. The country has also launched an emergency helpline,
opened field hospitals, and set in place a procedure that would see any
suspected cases evacuated to certain health centres.

Ivory Coast

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Ivory Coast has lifted its ban on flights to countries
affected by the Ebola outbreak. The country had previously banned travel to
and from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Flight cancellations: Ivory Coast announced last week that it has banned all
flights from Ebola-affected countries. The government said in a statement
that it has forbidden all carriers from transporting passengers from these
countries.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 650km

Kenya

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Kenya has banned travel to and from Liberia, Guinea and
Sierra Leone.

The Kenyan Minister of Health, James Macharia, said the country would
temporarily suspend entry into Kenya of passengers travelling from and
through Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, with effect from 19 August.

Flight cancellations: Korean Airlines has suspended flights to Nairobi.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 5 400km

Liberia

Ebola cases: Liberia has 8 157 confirmed cases of Ebola in Grand Cape Mount
and Lofa.

Liberia falls in the category of countries with widespread and intense
transmission.

WHO stated in a situation report on November 5 that there appears to be some
evidence of a decline of new cases at a national level in Liberia, although
new case numbers remain high in parts of the country.

Travel restrictions: The Liberian government on Sunday, August 24, closed
most of its border crossings with the exception of major entry points.

Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the government is testing all
outgoing and incoming passengers. Public gatherings such as marches,
demonstrations and promotional advertisements will be restricted.

Flight cancellations: British Airways has extended its flight suspensions to
Liberia. Flights were originally grounded from August 6 until the end of the
month. However, the airline has now extended the ban until December 31 due
to the deteriorating public health situation.

Libya

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Madagascar

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Malawi

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Malawian authorities have introduced health screening
at airports and land borders for passengers arriving from West Africa.

Mali

Ebola cases: A total of 8 cases have been reported in Mali. The most recent
7 cases were in capital Bamako, and not related to the country�s first EVD
case. The last confirmed case tested negative for the second time on
December 6 and was discharged from hospital on December. All identified
contacts connected with both the initial case and the outbreak in Bamako
have completed the 21 day follow-up period. Mali will be declared Ebola free
on January 18, if no new cases are reported until then.

Mauritania

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Mauritania has banned travel to and from Liberia and
Sierra Leone. Since the identification of a case of Ebola in Mali, some
border controls have been introduced.

Mauritanian authorities recently decided to deny entry to citizens from
African countries hit by Ebola to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. In
a statement, the Health Ministry said the decision applies to the citizens
of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 1 450km

Mauritius

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Mauritius has removed Nigeria from the list of
countries with travel restrictions. Any foreign nationals, who have visited
one or more of the countries affected by Ebola during the last two months
from the date of their travel to Mauritius, will temporarily not be allowed
to enter the country. Ebola affected countries include, Guinea, Liberia,
Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as indicated by the high
commission.

The government of Mauritius has also introduced a temporary travel ban on
entry for all nationals from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the
Democratic Republic of Congo due to the recent cases of Ebola in these
countries.

Morocco

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Morocco has not imposed a travel ban or advisory.

Morocco is following the recommendations of WHO and will host Guinea for its
match against Togo on the first day of the group stage qualifiers of the
Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 on September 5.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 3 150km

Mozambique

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: There are no travel bans in place.

Mozambique has drawn up a questionnaire that will be asked of all passengers
who have come from, or passed through, the West African countries where
Ebola has been reported (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria).

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 5 900km

Namibia

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Namibia has banned all travellers from Guinea, Liberia,
Nigeria and Sierra Leone as part of precautionary measures to prevent the
virus from reaching Namibia.

Namibian citizens that have travelled to these countries will be entitled to
come back into the country, but will be subjected to strict screening at the
port of entry to ensure that they are not infected with Ebola.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 4 400km

Nigeria

Ebola cases: WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus in
Nigeria by October 20. Nigeria is expected to have passed through the
requisite 42 days with active surveillance for new cases by that date.
Nigeria has 19 confirmed cases of Ebola.

Travel restrictions: Nigeria’s civil aviation authority (NCAA) has started
temperature screening passengers arriving from places at risk from Ebola at
all major international airports. A compulsory blood test follows if the
passenger’s temperature gives cause for concern.

Flight cancellations: The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has
suspended all Asky Airline flight operations to Nigeria. Arik Air has
suspended flight operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Travel insurance: Travellers are covered for Ebola. Should a travel warning
or advisory be issued for these regions, they may not be covered. Generally,
insurance policies don’t provide cover for travellers to areas where a
travel advisory has been issued by either the South African government or
the UK FCO.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 2 100km

Reunion

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Reunion has issued a travel advisory, warning its
citizens to avoid all but essential travel to all Ebola-affected countries.

Rwanda

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Rwanda has announced the introduction of airport checks
for passengers arriving from the US and Spain in addition to having
restrictions on travel from Ebola-hit West African countries: Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Rwandan Ministry of Health strongly recommends
that all passengers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone or anyone
who has travelled to those countries within the last 22 days be stopped from
boarding flights to Rwanda or entering Rwanda by any means of transport. An
exception is only provided for passengers with special authorisation signed
by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: Distance: 4 650km

Senegal

Ebola cases: WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus in
Senegal on October 17. There is one confirmed case in the country.

The case is reportedly a student from Guinea who crossed into the country,
despite the fact that Senegal had closed its border with Guinea.

Travel restrictions: Senegal has closed its border with Guinea and banned
travel to and from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as a preventative
measure.

Travel incidents: According to reports, a regional flight to Dakar, Senegal,
that was carrying aid workers from Liberia was prevented from landing on
Thursday, August 22.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 1 200km

Seychelles

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: People who have visited Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone,
Mali or the Democratic Republic of Congo within 21 days of the date of their
arrival will not be allowed into Seychelles.

Seychelles has implemented travel restrictions to Ebola affected countries.
All Seychellois nationals will not be allowed to travel to Sierra Leone,
Liberia, Guinea, the DRC or Mali without the express permission of the
Public Health Commissioner until the epidemic has officially been deemed to
be over by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 7 500km

Sierra Leone

Ebola cases: Sierra Leone has 9 780 confirmed cases of Ebola in the
following towns: Kenema, Port Loko, Western Area Urban, Weastern Area Rural,
Kono, Tonkolili and Bombali.

Confirmed cases in Sierra Leone have increased since the nation’s lock-down
over the weekend of September 20. The Sierra Leone government ordered a
three-day lockdown from Friday September 19. The High Commission said the
lockdown was aimed at containing nationals and getting them off the streets,
allowing health officials to go door-to-door, educating nationals about the
disease and locating people within households who show signs of infection.

Sierra Leone falls in the category of countries with widespread and intense
transmission.

Travel restrictions: The Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority has announced
that all passengers going through the Freetown International Airport shall
undergo Ebola Virus checks as an integral component of the normal airport
screening process. Passengers will be required to wash their hands with
chlorinated water, go through a temperature scan and complete a public
health passenger form.

Flight cancellations:

British Airways has extended its flight suspensions to Sierra Leone. Flights
were originally grounded from August 6 until the end of the month. However,
the airline has now extended the ban until December 31 due to the
deteriorating public health situation.

Air France is temporarily suspending flights to Freetown in Sierra Leone
from Thursday 28 August 2014.

Travel insurance

South Africa

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: South Africa has issued a travel ban for all
non-citizens travelling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in an attempt
to prevent the spread of Ebola into South Africa. Non-citizens will only be
allowed into South Africa when travelling from these high-risk countries if
the entry into the country is considered ‘absolutely essential’.

The South African Department of Health has issued a travel advisory against
all but essential travel to Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.

Travel restrictions: The South African Government has advised travellers to
avoid all non-essential travel to and from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.
However, where travel is absolutely essential, permission must be obtained
from the relevant authority.

In cases where travel between South Africa and the affected high-risk areas
is unavoidable, the following procedures must be followed:

*    All intending travellers must request permission to travel from
South Africa to the high risk areas or from the high risk areas to South
Africa;
*    Permission to travel must be sought from the National Department of
Health;
*    All requests from travellers must be addressed to the
Director-General: Health, for the attention of Dr Frew Benson and sent to
nathoc1@health.gov.za or nathoc2@health.gov.za;
*    For queries, contact Tel: (012) 395-9367 or (012) 395-9366;

The following information must be provided when requesting permission to
travel:

*    Full personal details, including residential addresses of South
African citizens or in the case of non-South Africans, the address of
residence while in South Africa (ie, hotel, etc.);
*    Next of kin details in the case of South African citizens;
*    Full details of the reasons for travel to or from South Africa;
*    The traveller must complete a Traveller Health Questionnaire and
submit it with the request to travel;
*    A written response from the National Department of Health will be
provided informing the applicant of the outcome of their request to travel;

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 5 500km

Tanzania

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: All major airports in Tanzania have been equipped with
Ebola screening devices for testing passengers arriving from West Africa for
the virus.

Distance from Ebola outbreak:5 750km

The Gambia

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Gambia has closed its air borders with Guinea, Sierra
Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The government has also announced that any
international traveller who has been in one of these four countries within
21 days of arrival in The Gambia will not be allowed to enter.

Public health officials have been stationed at all the entry points,
including at the airport and seaport. The preventive measures taken by
Gambia’s public health officials include reading passengers’ temperatures
and asking about their travel history.

Flight cancellations: Gambian carrier Gambia Bird Airlines has suspended
flights from Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone until the end
of August.

Gambia Bird had already suspended flights to Lagos until further notice as a
result of restrictions imposed by Nigeria.

Uganda

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Uganda has intensified screening of travellers coming
into the country at Entebbe Airport and other border posts. The ministry of
health also issued a warning to Ugandans intending to travel to West Africa
to do so only when it is a necessity.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 4 900km

Zambia

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Zambia has issued contradictory information on whether
or not it has closed its borders for travellers from Ebola-affected
countries.

Health Minister Joseph Kasonde said Zambia has not banned entry into the
country for individuals coming from Ebola hit countries, but has issued a
travel advisory. He said a travel advisory is not a ban but a travel advice
restricting not only nationals of the affected countries but anyone
traveling from the affected countries into Zambia. He said anyone suspected
of having contracted the Ebola virus would be quarantined.

A statement posted on the Ministry of Health website on Saturday said Zambia
would restrict entry of travellers from countries affected by the Ebola
virus and would ban Zambians from travelling to those countries.

“All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola virus disease are
restricted from entering Zambia until further notice,” the statement reads.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 5 000km

Zimbabwe

Ebola cases: No reported cases of Ebola

Travel restrictions: Zimbabwe is ‘closely monitoring’ all travellers from
Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Health ports have been set up at
all the border posts. Port health officer are reportedly interviewing people
coming from Ebola zones and examining them for possible symptoms. They are
then referred to the hospital for tests.

The government has advised against travel to affected countries.

Distance from Ebola outbreak: 5 350km

Travel insurance

TIC:

TIC has confirmed that travellers to Ebola-affected countries will still be
covered by their travel insurance. The company said in a statement: “Should
a traveller contract the Ebola disease while travelling in Africa, the
travel insurance policy will cover the treatment of the disease up to the
relevant benefit limit, under Section 01: Emergency Medical and Related
Expenses.”

However, TIC also warns that due to the restrictions in place by the
different governments and the travel ban from South Africa, the company
can’t guarantee that the client will be repatriated back to South Africa or
their home country, or even evacuated to another medical facility. Everyone
should be aware that should they become sick, it is unlikely that an
evacuation will be authorised.

Costs incurred because of a cancellation due to a travel ban would not be
covered.

Oojah:

Oojah Travel Insurance policies don’t provide cover for travellers to areas
where a travel advisory has been issued by either the South African
government or the UK FCO. Travellers visiting Guinea, despite the travel
advisory, do so at their own risk.

Travellers who arrived in Guinea before the SA government issued the
advisory will still be covered by their insurance policy. However, they will
have to leave the country “as soon as possible”, the insurance provider has
said.

Travellers wishing to cancel their trip as a result of the travel advisory
may claim under the ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ benefit, if this product was
purchased when they booked their trip.

Bidvest:

Bidvest Travel Insurance doesn’t provide cover to a specific country where
an advisory to avoid travel to the country has been issued by either the
British and Commonwealth (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) or South
Africa. If someone travels to a country where a warning has been issued
there is no cover relating to the reason for the warning.