Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa: travel and transport recommendations


Leading international organizations and associations from the transport, trade and tourism sector stand firmly with WHO against general bans on travel and trade, as well as restrictions that include general quarantine of travellers from Ebola-affected countries.

The Travel and Transport Task Force, established in August 2014, calls for international cooperation from governments and the transport sector in following the recommendations of the International Health Regulations emergency committee on Ebola, convened by WHO.

WHO recommends:

  • no general bans on travel or trade, or general quarantine of travellers arriving from Ebola-affected countries, as measures to contain the outbreak;
  • exit screening of all persons departing affected countries through international airports, seaports and major land crossings;
  • no general ban on participation of people from countries with transmission of Ebola from attending international meetings and events; and
  • preparedness for non-affected countries as the best protective measure, including surveillance, case management and risk communications.

People who have travelled to one or more affected West African countries should monitor their health for any Ebola symptoms for 21 days after returning, and report to their local medical emergency service a fever of 38 °C or higher.

The Task Force was set up in August 2014 to support the global efforts to contain the spread of Ebola virus disease and to provide a coordinated international response for the travel, trade and tourism sector.