Hot! Entry Denied: Australia Stops Giving Visas Citizens from Ebola Zones

“Ebola virus” by CDC Global is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Ebola virus” by CDC Global is licensed under CC BY 2.0

According to BBC News, Australia has stopped issuing visas to citizens of Ebola-hit countries in West Africa—the first developed country to implement such travel bans to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Non-permanent and temporary visas from the citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea who are not yet in Australia are being cancelled and any further visa processing will be temporarily suspended. Permanent visa holders can enter Australia, but only after a 21 day quarantine before arriving, reports BBC News.

The US immigration lawyer in Thailand at law firm Chaninat and Leeds is a licensed expert on US immigration laws.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Sierra Leone accused Australia of discrimination for attacking West African citizens rather than fighting Ebola and Liberia’s president called for Australia to reconsider its travel ban.

Adam Kamradt-Scott, of the University of Sydney’s Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, said, according to SMH, that “the travel ban would do nothing to protect the country from Ebola while potentially having a negative public health impact by creating a climate of panic.”

Story sources: 
BBC News Australia – Australia suspends visas for people travelling from Ebola-hit countries
The Sydney Morning Herald – Australia criticised over visa ban on citizens of Ebola-hit countries