Australia issues blanket visa ban on Ebola-hit countries - Reuters


** Australia issues blanket visa ban on Ebola-hit countries - Reuters **

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak to prevent the disease reaching the country, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said, becoming the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region.

Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground.

All non-permanent or temporary visas were being canceled and permanent visa holders who had not yet arrived in Australia will be required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period, he added.


I wish them well, isolating themselves from the world…and its economy. Interesting to see the much maligned Cubans have more humanity (and commonsense) than many better off nations.


Really unfortunate that, already, one of them has apparently died, though not from Ebola, but from the deadly cerebral malaria.


… thanks for posting the info.


They are not closing off trade. Just reducing the risk to the citizens. Maybe you could buy a ticket and go help out?


Australia has long had a history of quarantine isolation. The easiest way to control a disease is not to admit it in the first place, if possible.

Some time ago we imported some American second hand farm machinery in containers which hadn’t been cleaned properly. With it came fire ants.


(In 2001) The Camerons had unwittingly discovered the presence of the potentially deadly red imported fire ant - one of the world’s most invasive insects, believed to have hitched a ride to Australia from the southern US on a container ship. Their home was declared Infected Property One.

More than 12 years later, after millions of baiting treatments, reams of data collected, chemical nest injections, aerial surveillance and $270 million spent, the ants are still with us and their footprint continues to expand.

Has this resilient pest finally beaten us? Or has it been a case of bureaucratic bungling? Blunder Country, indeed.

It would have been a lot easier to have insisted on cleaning and sterilising the machinery in the first place. Or if you like, Quarantine with a capital Q.


Really, is Australia on this planet or are they enclosed in a plastic bubble? Maybe they have a special radar scanner that can tell where people have been when they present on a flight from Brussels or Dallas or Spain…

This conversation soo reminds me of the fight between Jindal and the Obama admin. over the magic “berms” that were supposed to be the commonsense, do-something-now-unlike-Obama solution to stop the oil…Oh how quickly we forget.



For what it is worth, I support their decision.

They have a right to do what they feel is right for their own country.

They have already seen what has happened here.

It cost a lot to treat ebola and clean up houses and apartments where infected people have been. Who foots the bills?


No Australia is not in a big bubble. It is the next best thing. A big island. Which makes it a lot easier to control who comes and who goes. (I said easier. Yes people still get through.)
But i don’t see the problem. Why endanger people unnecessary? Yes ebola etc can and will probably still get here. But at least we wont die trying.


I understand that it’s a big island, but does it not have open ports? That’s all Ebola needs and no amount of checking is going to keep out determined people. Better to join the fight against this disease before it gets there. Also consider that the world is a global village and in this global economy there are no islands.



the Australian government has not stopped volunteers from going to help out.
It has not sent a government medical team because it cannot guarantee their safety.

If someone on the team were to contract Ebola then the Australian government is not in a position to help them with regards to special medical flight back to Australia (30 hours apparently) and isolation facilities here staffed to treat ebola.

The government is working with regional diplomats who have asked for money and equipment, which has been given.

This is not exactly living on another planet.


:yup: Very good points 7 Sorrows.


** Canada bans travel visas from West Africa amid signs of progress on ebola **

Canada joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. The World Health Organization said this week that the rate of infection in Liberia appears to be falling.


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