Thursday, October 16, 2014

US Embassies in Ebola-Stricken Countries Are Still Processing Visas for Non-US Citizens

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Rob Bluey / @RobertBluey / October 16, 2014 /


A woman looks at an Ebola sensitization mural in Monrovia, Liberia. (Photo: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA/Newscom)


Despite the outbreak of Ebola, it is still possible to get a visa from the three West African countries at the heart of the outbreak, and a key congressman is demanding to know why.



“Once these individuals are issued a visa by the embassy, they are free to travel to the United States,” says @RepEdRoyce.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, sent a sternly worded letter to Secretary of State John Kerry about the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Royce said he was “deeply concerned” U.S. embassies in those countries were continuing to process visas for non-U.S. nationals despite the outbreak of the deadly disease.

An estimated 100 people per day are applying for U.S. visas at the three embassies, according to Royce. “Of course,” he added, “once these individuals are issued a visa by the embassy, they are free to travel to the United States.”