The South African Embassy near Monrovia has lifted the ban on travelers from Liberia to South Africa following World Health Organization (WHO) declaration on May 9, that Liberia is free of Ebola Virus transmission.
Making the declaration on Monday, May 25, at the embassy in Monrovia, Ambassador Masilo Mabeta told journalists at a press conference that since the decision has taken to remove Liberia from the list of high-risk countries for the EVD transmission, travelers from Liberia will not require prior application for permission to travel to South Africa.
Ambassador Mabeta also noted that travelers will undergo only the thermal screening at ports of entry.
During the heat of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, South Africa required travelers from Liberia to seek permission from WHO for their health status before being allowed to travel to South Africa.
He reiterated that visas to travel to South Africa are issued in Monrovia and extended thanks and appreciation to the Liberian government, on behalf of South Africa, for the success in the Ebola fight.
Ambassador Mabeta reechoed logistical support from South Africa to Liberia and said ambulances, motorbikes and medical supplies brought are in distribution process and when the time comes, they would be made public.
He also disclosed that South Africa’s plan to help Liberia in the post-Ebola crisis would be in the areas of health and education.