Cote D’Ivore has announced on Monday that it has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the west African nation, while the Nigerian authorities have placed a ban on the Gambian national carrier from flying to Nigeria.
Chad on Saturday suspended all flights from Nigeria.
The Ivorian government said in a statement that it has forbidden all “carriers from transporting passengers” from these countries.
It has also decided “on the suspension until further notice” flights by its national airline, Air Cote d’Ivoire, to and from these locations.
The government did not name the countries but nearly 1,000 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, Sierre Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, which are all in West Africa.
The government said it has also decided to increase preventive measures at Abidjan airport where “all passengers on arrival will have to have their temperatures taken with an infrared thermometer.”
No case of Ebola has surfaced in the Ivory Coast which began implementing measures to prevent the spread of the disease in March.
British Airways said August 5 that it has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone following concerns about the spread of Ebola.
Dubai’s Emirates Airline said earlier this month it was suspending flights to Guinea.
Pan-African airline Aruj and ASKY suspended all flights to and from the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone following the death of a Liberian passenger at the end of July in the Nigerian city of Lagos.
Officials said Sunday that Nigeria had stopped the Gambian national carrier, Gambia Bird Airlines, from flying into the country, alleging “unsatisfactory” measures by the airline to contain the spread of Ebola.