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Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone

Updated: April 04, 2016

Travel Health Notice

On November 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Ebola virus transmission had been stopped in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone continues to monitor for new cases and measures remain in place to prevent transmission in the country.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers to Sierra Leone practise usual precautions.

Please consult the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories for Sierra LeoneExternal link for more information, including safety, security and border measure considerations.

Recommendations

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before your departure. Protect yourself by following the recommendations below.
 

Be prepared and protect yourself while travelling in Sierra Leone.

  • For general health information on how to prepare yourself before your trip, such as vaccines to consider and how to protect yourself against malaria, consult the recommendations for Sierra LeoneExternal link.
  • Make sure you are up-to-date with all of your routine vaccinations.
  • Check your travel health insurance plan and ensure you are fully covered. Consider contacting your travel health insurance provider to inquire about options for emergency medical evacuation if you become ill. 
  • Practise strict hand washing routinesExternal link.

Travelling home to Canada

Before departure:

It is important to know that the airports in Ebola affected countries may continue to be screening travellers for signs of Ebola or a fever and/or the possibility that they may have been exposed to Ebola virus. Those who have been exposed or are showing symptoms of Ebola will not be allowed to travel on commercial flights as well as on any commercial buses, trains or ships.