International airlines being alerted on St. Lucia’s travel ban

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International airlines being alerted on St. Lucia’s travel ban
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Saint Lucia has been working diligently to ensure that proper measures are put in place to deal with the Ebola virus.

Most recently, the government announced a ban on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – three of the countries worst affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Head of the Immigration Department, Assistant Superintendent Crusita Descartes Pelius said that in order to concretize this new arrangement, her department has been alerting airlines of St. Lucia’s ban.

Descartes-Pelius revealed that persons from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria all require visas to visit Saint Lucia.

However, in the case of Guinea and Sierra Leone, persons from those countries obtain their visas upon arrival to St. Lucia, whereas individuals from Liberia and Nigeria require visas prior to arrival.

The immigration head said, “So while we can control persons coming from Nigeria and Sierra Leone before they board, it is different for persons coming from Guinea and Sierra Leone.”

As a result of this, the travel advisories will seek to ensure that people coming from Sierra Leone and Guinea would not board an aircraft to Saint Lucia, because they will still be prohibited from entering the island.

According to her, the authorities are ensuring that the airlines and travel agents are aware of the ban and ensure that travel from these countries are strictly prohibited.

Descartes-Pelius said her department is also in close dialogue with the Prime Minister’s Office to ensure that proper advisories are issued to the airlines.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony had said visitors from Nigeria would require a medical certificate when travelling to St. Lucia. The immigration official confirmed that this arrangement is being adhered to.

Airport staff have been trained to deal with any suspected cases of Ebola. Persons are urged to wear gloves when handling passports and use hand sanitizers.

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  1. Interesting banning Nigeria and very ridiculous for anyone to record that only Nigerians are into fraud or scam.

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  2. This travel ban is useless, and merely in place for show. St. Lucia does not have the slightest control in preventing infected individuals from reaching our shores.

    I don't hear anyone calling for a shut-down of the sources of Ebola infections: The U.S. bio-warfare labs in West Africa, which are currently being protected by the 4000 crack troops of the 101st Airborne, deployed recently by Obama. How exactly are 4000 troops going to be better prepared to fight Ebola than the 463 doctors sent in by Cuba?

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  3. Why a ban on Nigeria? They were able to quickly control and eliminate the disease. Would St Lucia like the world to ban its citizens after receiving one case?

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  4. I'm confused at the last paragraph because I for one, have not been trained on anything. Further more nothing has been said to us. Not even gloves have been provided.

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  5. Promises r for fools.i bet when
    The first case hit no one will let it out just like Jamaica have it and its a secret hmm smh

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  6. If the clothing is not liquid proof it makes no sense. Also does the hospital more so St. Jude hospital has an isolation room yet. From what I hear from staff not at all. We Are Not Ready for Ebola.

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  7. Nobody has been trained. They had two meetings to sensitize the staff. This doesn't amount to training. I urge the members of the media to go to customs and ask to see what has been put in place even immigration as well. Nothing is in place. The ministry provided three names and numbers to call if there is a possible case and all are in the north and yes I work on the airport as an Immigration Officer so I know what I'm talking about. Ms Belmar only cares about the tourism dollar

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    • They told us at Customs to use 3 latex gloves on each hand and a long sleeve shirt. The chief Immigration officer made a point that we should not overlook. Whereas Nigeria and Sierra Leone requires an visa before they purchase their ticket, people from Liberia and Guinea can board a flight to St Lucia. They have not stated how they intent to prevent that and that is worrying. It is starting to appear that the ban was to please the public and and there is no policy in place to stop the actual importation of Ebola into St Lucia.

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  8. When were we trained? Did I miss the memo or was I living in a different time dimension??? Because I certainly do not remember anyone coming in to train us to handle suspected cases of Ebola!

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  9. Wow use of gloves and hand sanitizers hmmmm I believe they need more than that for protection, to begin with they should just ban those countries period from coming to saint lucia because so many of those peopke into fraud. ..what is a medical certificate that they can't create on deh own.psshhhh this government need to take things more serious. Ahwah you can't afford to take any risks with this Ebola especially with those who are originally from the named countries.

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  10. Good stuff. "to concretize" - Please do not turn a noun into a verb ever again. Just say confirm, ensure.

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