SINT MAARTEN-CARIBBEAN – Ebola travel bans within the Caribbean Basin are increasing. Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago have now restricted travel of persons from West African nations that have the Ebola epidemic. Other regional countries that have implemented travel restrictions are Jamaica, St. Lucia, Colombia, and St. Vincent &the Grenadines. Grenada is considering also implementing a travel ban.
The three countries where Ebola is an epidemic are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Trinidad & Tobago will quarantine any traveller who has visited one of the above countries as well as those who travelled to Nigeria or the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Other travellers who have visited any of those within six weeks will be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival in the country.
Jamaica’s travel ban comes after a U.S. couple was placed in quarantine at one of its international airports after screeners had discovered that one of the Americans had travelled to Liberia about two weeks ago. Jamaican health authorities kept the couple in quarantine and then sent back to the U.S.