5 Facts About Ebola Affecting Travel – FAQ Friday

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Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul. This week we are discussing 5 facts about ebola affecting travel.

Fact #1

Until now outbreaks have only been recorded in countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. With the last 2 having significantly lower outbreaks than the first 3.

Fact #2

Geographically speaking Monrovia in Liberia is actually closer to Paris than it is to cities like Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Maputo or Johannesburg. For South Africans this is important because many South Africans travel to East Africa, and one is actually a long way away from the infected countries.

Fact #3

Ebola isn’t transmitted through air, water or food. It is only transmitted via contact with infected animals or through bodily fluids.

Fact #4

Travel Insurance will cover treating you, if you are infected by Ebola. Though, there is a chance that the government may not allow you back into South Africa, in which case you would receive treatment in the country in which you were infected.

Fact #5

Travel insurance will not cover you for trip cancelation if you are nervous about travelling to infected countries.

So that’s it, 5 facts about ebola affecting travel!

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Wow. A company that really knows about value added services.
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    • Thanks Iain. It is great to get such positive feedback 🙂 Russell

  2. Ebola can be transmitted through air, but this is in humid areas

  3. I am a service provider to a hospital network and it may be worthwhile for Travelstart to get more detail information from them. Some recent information from them – fourth doctor just died in Sierra Leone..Not to start a panic, but the view is to treat this the same was as we treated SARS, and if drs who know the ways to protect themselves are getting infected, far more caution is required – Correctly mentioned infection is spread through fluid, but something as simple as someone sneezing on you, or you closing a dead persons eyes who may have a teardrop touch your skin, will infect you. The other challenge is that the virus stays alive for very long after someone has died..and if protective clothing is infected and not dealt with correctly cross infection will occur..

    • Hello Fessa, thank you for this information – Almene

  4. Hi
    Travelling to Europe (Madeira Island) within next 2 weeks,from SA. Am I safe from Ebola?

  5. I enjoy reading your FAQ Friday,thank you

    • We love making them and we’re glad you like it 🙂

  6. My son might have to go to the Congo for work. Is it safe there.

  7. I follow Nick´s travel advise every week – this is extremely helpful as my husband and I travel all the time. This week´s Ebola was interesting as my husband travels to the Congo (where it originated) very frequently. I will have to check with his travel and medical insurance now. thank you and keep up the good work.

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