No rush to ban travellers

Barbados has no immediate plan to impose a ban on travellers from Ebola-affected countries.

Minister of Health John Boyce and Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John addressed the issue this morning, while speaking to reporters at the end of a tour of medical facilities at the Barbados Defence Force, St Anns Fort headquarters, The Garrison.

Responding to news that neighbouring St Vincent and the Grenadines had banned travellers from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Minister Boyce said no such policy position had been taken by his Ministry or by Cabinet.

“In this case we are taking one step at a time. We have so far advised persons who do not have to make journeys into those areas not to do so. And certainly visitors who have travelled to these areas, do have to declare their travel itinerary on arrival at Grantley Adams International Airport.”

He also noted there were international protocols in place.

“We have not taken a recommendation of banning travel at this stage. So this is something we would have to consider. I would have to engage the team at the Ministry before we arrive at a policy like that.”

He said the important thing was that the country’s port health was on full alert and had been examining travel records of all visitors to the island.

“In cases where there is any suspicion, there are certain protocols which are in place, including surveillance are being put into effect.”

 Also commenting on the matter, Dr St John said she did not believe imposition of a travel ban was a decision that should be taken lightly.

She said serious thought had to be put into any such decision, especially considering that Ebola had affected countries such as the United States, which is one of this island’s main tourism source markets and trading partners. 

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71 Responses to No rush to ban travellers

  1. Dean Scantlebury
    Dean Scantlebury October 16, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Ban travelers? You’d need to ban flights from the USA, etc., and that’s not going to happen. Is it.

  2. darrelanderson
    darrelanderson October 16, 2014 at 2:36 am

    the U.S. Is ebola affected – ban away!

  3. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker October 16, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I don’t think anyone will be flocking to barnados in a rush, Barbados has nothing to offer, in terms jobs, opportunity, social security, etc. The word ban been use, do this and you could say good by to your tourism industry for good. Jamaica’s is there waiting to welcome your tourism visitors with
    open arms.

  4. Amarilis Lily
    Amarilis Lily October 16, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I have learned to be extremely careful of people bearing the gift ‘don’t panic every thing is under control ‘ because you know what usually the final results is not up to them ,in this situation right now in the USA people desires are over riding honesty and good judgment also human error which this disease leaves a lot of room for, so travel ban is not going to work horse is out of the stable , how do you catch a train who has no driver this is the situation as it stands now sit and think about and when we are finish put all in the hands of the master because the concept of the global village is at work

  5. jr smith October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

    @Ebaker, yes the economy of Barbados is bad, as like all the others in the Caribbean. you must look at the GDP of the islands see where Barbados stands, also our education, heath and standard of living.
    The strength of our dollar , in the north American basin. I hope you are not living in Barbados, you should pack your bags and leave. We in bimshire enjoy a way of life that’s envied around the world. Our third oldest democratic ,parliamentary structure will see us through.
    Bear in mind what is refused in Barbados ,many parts of the world would be glad for. so,so.

  6. Andrew Charles
    Andrew Charles October 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

    It seems as if only the health care workers treating Ebola victims get infected. …..they have to deal with the vomit, blood, feces etc and therefore are more at risk than the general public.
    So far the woman that Thomas Clark Duncan visited in Texas shows no signs of being infected.
    Casual contact shouldn’t pose a threat, but people must keep unwashed hands out of their eyes and mouths.
    People are understandably worried because it’s somewhat “new” in the media. The same happened with AIDS back in the 80s.
    Banning flights is not the solution……no direct flights go Bim from West Africa.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner October 16, 2014 at 7:21 am

      This disease kills in days unlike anything in recent memory everyone one knows Barbados can’t even handle a small viral outbreak at QEH world experts still trying to unravel this Ebola mystery.Simple play with fire and Bajans gine get burn, Andrew Charles don’t trust these people to organize a baby shower far less deal with a vicious deadly outbreak of this magnitude.

    • Michele Monique Antoinette
      Michele Monique Antoinette October 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

      You don’t need a direct flight from Africa. The latest cases were of ppl in contact not ppl from Africa.

    • Michele Monique Antoinette
      Michele Monique Antoinette October 16, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Sorry casual contact shldnt pose a threat???????? Its spread by bodily fluids like sweat….what do ya do in the tropics? SWEAT! Ya brushing sweaty ppl everyday.

  7. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim October 16, 2014 at 6:22 am

    This country is in no position to deal with this ebola crisis! We are already under so many other “pressures” and they need to implement the necesary to save what little this poor country is surviving on.

  8. Ava Forde
    Ava Forde October 16, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Foolish move

  9. Chyna Catwell
    Chyna Catwell October 16, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Ebola is killing people, WHAT THE HELL is it they have to think about before banning people from those affected countries?? Chupse all it is, de government want less stress off their hands, so dem gin send we long easy so!! Lol. STUPIDEST REPORT I’ve ever seen Tho! Gosh…

  10. Rinet Briggs
    Rinet Briggs October 16, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Additional to a thorough inspection of passport stamps for visits to places affected by outbreaks, we need to DEMAND and INSIST on health certificates. You present your passport and certificate at immigration. No passport, no entry, right? Well no health certificate, no entry. And that should be a practice anyhow in every country, and to leave as well. You need a health certificate to fly/cruise period.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner October 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Barbados politicians don’t have the ballz to do that Rinet Briggs its a damm good idea but one thing can we trust these people to present legitimate health certificates.

  11. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 16, 2014 at 7:02 am

    No surprise here these people worrying about tourism dollars small islands like Dominica ban a Nigerian group from entering and performing there St Vincent/St Lucia/Grenada ban all nationals from affected countries entering but so call big smart giant of the Caribbean Barbados with all of its educational powers playing nice guy because it might loss a couple of bucks.If an outbreak occurs a couple of dollars that you guys don’t want to lose gine be a drop in the bucket to deal with this deadly disease that world experts still trying to still unravel.

  12. Bryan L
    Bryan L'Ecuyer October 16, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Aww, you might want to rethink that Barbados !

  13. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes October 16, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Tourism is good and bad. Cruise ship is what I fear most. I went cruising few years ago and was shock to see some persons being hoisted on the ship. Some looked very ill. Anyone really check out cruise passengers? Or business is priorty. It is only a matter of time before it reach folks. Be prepared. Education not only for health care workers

  14. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes October 16, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I agree Rawle Spooner.

  15. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 16, 2014 at 7:15 am

    This tourist season worldwide is going to be a disaster …. People will stay home

  16. Shannon Mason
    Shannon Mason October 16, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Sorry is not a cure. The Government needs to act now. Put a ban on travellers from those African regions. Even though flights from those countries have to pass through Europe first, symptoms from the Ebola virus don’t manifest immediately. Neither the Texas man who died from this virus nor the two nurses who helped take care of him and later contracted the same virus knew they had it until days after. Wake up Barbados. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

  17. Shellyann Babb
    Shellyann Babb October 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

    All I have to say is if this thing becomes a serious outbreak, a lot of people are gonna die. Just like in Africa cause you can’t save everybody. Barbados is a small island an outbreak would be devastating. This Ebola virus is no joke.

  18. Angela Gray
    Angela Gray October 16, 2014 at 7:27 am

    WHY NOT????

  19. Midas Spade
    Midas Spade October 16, 2014 at 7:28 am

    DLP does not like you black person. whoever you may be. unless they can squeeze a dollar from your pocket they’re not concerned. Ppl need to wake up and realize they don’t give a flying …. about the welfare of Bajans.

  20. Trina Lowe
    Trina Lowe October 16, 2014 at 7:28 am

    It’s the “ONLY” safest way to contain the virus, though the economy will suffer tremendously. All it takes is “one” mode of transmission of the 6 existing. There will be a vast decline in population if new policies are not put in place and carried out effectively. THERE GOES STATISTIC #2. 2nd Texas nurse[29]diagnosed who dealt with infected client. She travelled through 3-4 different airports before receiving her diagnosis. THEY WILL BE MORE.

  21. Curtis Quimby
    Curtis Quimby October 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Set up a checking point immediately Barbados government plz this country is to small for a genocide plz

  22. Michele Monique Antoinette
    Michele Monique Antoinette October 16, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Better safe. Ban! Gment waits until something bad or preventable happens to thn act. Learn from your economy crippling mistakes.

  23. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell October 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Ahhhh the good old EboLIE Scare tactics –

  24. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell October 16, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Your chances of catching debilitating and deadly DENGUE over here is far more likely then the Ebola Hoax they wanna believe you in

  25. Rinet Briggs
    Rinet Briggs October 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Rawle Spooner I agree. But we gotta do something right? We have a legal system in place to handle crime …doesn’t mean ppl wont try to break or bend the law.But, its a deterrent for some ppl nonetheless. Same concept applies here.

  26. Celina Callender
    Celina Callender October 16, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Does this government EVER do anything for the people (who put them in power mind u) or is it always about $ 1st?

  27. Raheem Griffith
    Raheem Griffith October 16, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Airline doesn’t want to lose money by banning anyone

  28. Jane Brathwaite
    Jane Brathwaite October 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Ooh lord have mercy its not ok

  29. Danielle Howell
    Danielle Howell October 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

    If the government banned flights , some people would be complaining and saying Barbados isn’t in any position to be losing the little money we’re earning seeing our economic position. All the government has to do is step up its security with regards to throughly inspecting passports concerning the whereabouts of those coming in and their health status. Grenada and St. Lucia can afford to lose a flight or two they have agriculture to rely on and other means on economic investment .. We don’t. We just need to be extra careful.

  30. Brian A. Harvey
    Brian A. Harvey October 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

    They playing some real foolish and funny games. They need to get serious and impose a travel ban. As a matter of fact they playing games with the lives of the other island nations population and the same tourism product. Imagine if the world hears that BIM got Ebola running around in it? No one is going to come there. This is silly, ban the travel.

  31. Jahmai Foresight Artist
    Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Now firstly frigg tourism it does not benefit the average person secondly ban all travelors from Liberia and all points in Africa that have a travel history to such places in all fairness what average person actual benefits from tourism unless they sell craft or some novelty item or have a service to provide what about the other people that have nothing to do with that which by the way are over 90% of the population wake up Barbados wake up now!

    • Jahmai Foresight Artist
      Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Facts a far cry from 21 days eh and I’m not a conspiracy theorist wake up

    • Jahmai Foresight Artist
      Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 9:15 am

      I’m not the random jackass writing propaganda I belong to an organization fighting this pandemic

    • Jahmai Foresight Artist
      Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 9:16 am
    • Marcus Foster
      Marcus Foster October 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Tourism doesn’t benefit he average person? smh

    • Jahmai Foresight Artist
      Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      only a total ass would believe the government although there kiiing you you still defend them jackass

    • Jahmai Foresight Artist
      Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      they owe the government over 900 billion tourism cannot save them what bajans worry about is days of our lives now get discontinued all them worry about is cruises stupid ppl stupse that is why i leave bim

    • Jahmai Foresight Artist
      Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      They know everything of bikes cars dogs fowls but don’t know shit do research ppl nuff said

  32. Jahmai Foresight Artist
    Jahmai Foresight Artist October 16, 2014 at 9:16 am
  33. Shakira Hunte
    Shakira Hunte October 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    These johnnies gunna wait till somebody bring um here to then imposed de ban

  34. Yvonne Griffith
    Yvonne Griffith October 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    It is with much concern that we note the Bajans’ stance that they have no immediate plan to ban visitors from Ebola infested African States. This is a very stupid decision. Therefore, no offence should be taken when we Trinis take the necessary steps to safeguards our citizens of our land by keeping all Bajans and their suspect Ebola guests out of Trinidad and Tobago. By all means, have your potential Ebola suspected guests but until this crisis has passed, stay home!
    Even in such a crisis there’s no unity among Caribbean nations. I don’t know what Bajans trying to prove!!

  35. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham October 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    One question ? Are bajans living in space

  36. Kathy Murrell
    Kathy Murrell October 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Open wanna eyes and learn how its being transmitted…

  37. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow October 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Tourism is our part,our numbers need to look good so we can say we had a 75% increase in tourist arrivals,but with that increase we will be decreasing our population.

  38. Cyprian Greaves
    Cyprian Greaves October 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Is there something wrong with the govt of Barbados?

  39. Ryan Black
    Ryan Black October 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Big surpise an Island dependant on tourism, is not in a rush to ban. Makes sense tourist dollar overt local health.

  40. Sarah Francis
    Sarah Francis October 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Oh wow I didn’t even think of that!!! Yikes!!!!

  41. Ras Rika Inniss
    Ras Rika Inniss October 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    This government Is BULLSHYT

  42. jr smith October 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Still , when did you last see anyone rushing to do anything in Barbados , we are so laid back, ebola would come and gone we would still be left waiting, to be told what to do.

  43. Tiny Bagmeyer
    Tiny Bagmeyer October 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    hope not just booked for Jan

  44. Tiny Bagmeyer
    Tiny Bagmeyer October 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    you can ban them after I get there wouldn’t mind being stuck there for a while

  45. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson October 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    so the places that got Ebola got direct flights to Barbados?

  46. Calxuna October 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Bredrine!! It seems we’ve put a price on life and its a pretty cheap one. A sad sentence.
    Nothing is more important than the preservation of life.
    What will be done if one person shows up? Just one.
    I was gonna say more but again the obvious seems evasive.
    Bajans need to voice their opinion.

  47. Ju Ju
    Ju Ju October 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Barbados need to get with the program and have some sort of protocol and not just think about dollars!!!

  48. Anthony Alleyne
    Anthony Alleyne October 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Band them!! Or we might not have an island of living people.

  49. Jacob Donawa
    Jacob Donawa October 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    really?? Tourism doesn’t benifit Barbados? Sorry to break it to you but that is all that keeps Bim afloat. So are we gonna ban Americans from comming in since Ebola is now also there? Wish people would do a little research before they open their mouths. Or maybe just continue to freak out and spread fear and misinformation. Barbados really does need to “wake Up” you all sound like a bunch of right wing redneck bigots from the tea party lol. This is an issue in some west african countries because of poverty and poor sanitation that is helping it spread.

  50. Feroz Khan
    Feroz Khan October 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I tell u these people just plain Mad . A bunch of mental case running dis place

  51. Dawn Peters
    Dawn Peters October 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Yes Jacob that’s why we can’t afford to have it spread me in little BIM -Shir

  52. Dawn Peters
    Dawn Peters October 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm


  53. Sarah Amlot
    Sarah Amlot October 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Very reassuring (not) – just typical of the current government !

  54. Christine Thorne
    Christine Thorne October 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Maybe you should. Retrospective vision is always 20/20…

  55. Christine Thorne
    Christine Thorne October 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It’s unethical, immoral, and unfair to not place a travel ban.


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