Friday, 22 August 2014 - 10:58
Update : On-arrival visa suspended for four African countries due to Ebola risk.
The External Affairs Ministry stated that issuing of visa to visitors from four African countries has been suspended.
Accordingly visitors from Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leon and Liberia will not be issued visa on arrival.
An External Affairs Ministry spokesman said this decision was taken on the recommendation of Health Ministry following the Ebola virus that is currently spreading in several South African countries.
However visitors from these countries can apply for visa through the Sri Lankan missions based in their countries.
A woman of Hanguranketha died within 24 hours after admitting her to Rikillagaskada hospital recently.
Certain factions suspected the woman died of Ebola virus.
But having done initial investigations, the Central Epidemiological Unit and the Medical Research Institute proved it was not due to Ebola virus.
However on the instruction of WHO, body parts of the deceased woman were sent to an Advanced Technology Laboratory in Pune for further investigations.
The Colombo Medical Research Institute stated that the lab report is expected from India by today.
The General symptoms of an Ebola patient are respiratory difficulties, muscle pain, fainting and high fever with internal bleeding.
Meanwhile Director of Central Epidemiological Unit Dr. Paba Palihawadana said health staffs in the country have been educated of the virus.
Update : Friday, 22 August 2014 - 13:16
On-arrival visa for four African countries suspended
The government has temporarily suspended the on-arrival visa facility for visitors, with respect to four African countries, as measures to protect the country against the spread of the Ebola virus.
A source from the External Affairs Ministry said that the on-arrival visa will be suspended until further notice for countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Guinea.
The decision was taken following a request made by the Ministry of Health, as a precautionary action.