After suspension of medical examinations to immigrant and diversity visa applicants in Liberia for several months, the United States Embassy near Monrovia has announced the resumption of the process, beginning today, February 16.
Visa activities were suspended in Liberia and transferred to Ghana because of the exacerbating Ebola epidemic that affected the country since last year.
A medical examination completed by an approved panel of physicians is a requirement for all immigrant and diversity visa applications., a U.S. Embassy release states.
The U.S Embassy urges visa applicants in Liberia previously scheduled for an immigrant or a diversity visa interview to follow the updated instructions concerning medical examinations on its website.
It further advises all visa applicants, both immigrant and diversity, to review the revised instructions for obtaining a medical examination, indicating that future applicants should review the website and contact the panel physician directly to schedule a medical exam before their interview date.
The Consular Section, urges all immigrant and diversity visa applicants to expect extended wait times as its panel of physicians work to schedule applicants whose cases have been pending.
It clarifies that applicants may still travel to another country for medical exams if approved by the panel of physicians associated with the Embassy or Consulate in that country.
Since Ebola worsened in Liberia last year, travelers from Liberia to the USA have been undergoing most of their processes in other West African countries, including Ghana.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, cautioned American Embassy staffs families last year to avoid making nonessential travels to the Ebola affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
With favorable reports of reduction in new cases in Liberia, the U.S. Government recently lifted the ban, thus paving the way for travelers to travel to and from Liberia.
The reported positive development also led President Barack Obama to announce the withdrawal of most of the U.S. troops from Liberia at the end of April.
What remains, according to travelers, is building full confidence in Liberians wishing to travel to the United States and the resumption of Delta Airlines flights to Liberia.