Ebola virus disease: Health advice for travellers

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Latest travel health advice

Currently there are separate Ebola outbreaks in:

  • Guinea (declared February 14, 2021) and
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (declared February 7, 2021)

Canada has not issued a specific travel health notice at this time, but there is an advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the latest travel advice, consult the Travel Advice and Advisories page, and select your destination. 'Outbreak Monitoring' is under the 'Health' tab.

Returning travellers

Know the symptoms of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and monitor your health. Symptoms can begin 2 to 21 days after exposure and usually start with the sudden onset of fever.

During your return to Canada

If you develop symptoms of EVD before you're scheduled to return to Canada:

  • do not use any form of public transportation
  • seek medical attention

If you develop symptoms of EVD during a flight, tell:

  • the flight attendant before you land or
  • the border services officer as you enter Canada

They'll notify a quarantine officer who will assess your symptoms.

If you don't have symptoms but were exposed to a source of Ebola virus, you must report this information to a Canada Border Services Agent on arrival in Canada. This is required under the Quarantine Act [Section 15 (2)]. The Canada Border Services Agent will give you instructions to follow.

During your first 21 days in Canada

If you develop symptoms of EVD, call your public health authority immediately. Tell them about:

  • your symptoms
  • where you've been travelling or living
  • any possible exposures you may have had to the virus

They'll give you instructions to follow, including arrangements for your medical assessment. Follow these instructions and:

  • immediately physically distance yourself by staying at least 2 metres away from others and avoid all physical contact with people or animals
  • wash your hands frequently, especially after vomiting or using the toilet
  • make sure others do not come into contact with your body fluids, including:
    • feces
    • urine
    • blood
    • vomit
    • sweat
    • saliva
    • semen
    • breast milk
    • anything that may have come in contact with your body fluids, such as linens, clothing, toilet and toiletries

If you don't have any EVD symptoms but think you may have been exposed while in an Ebola-affected area:

  • immediately begin self-monitoring for symptoms, including taking your temperature twice daily
  • call your public health authority, who will assess your risk and provide further instructions

Humanitarian aid workers

If you are a humanitarian aid worker returning from an Ebola-affected area:

  • follow the guidance provided by your organization
  • if you have symptoms of EVD or a high risk of exposure, self-identify to a Canada Border Services Agent when you arrive in Canada
  • even if you have no symptoms and little or no risk of exposure, call your public health authority the day after you arrive in Canada to self-identify

How to contact your public health authority

Contact the public health authority where you are located at one of the phone numbers below.
Note: Not all provinces and territories provided contact information to us. If yours isn't listed below, you'll need to determine how to contact your local public health authority.

Alberta

  • HealthLink
  • 811 (ask for the Medical Officer of Health on-call in your zone)

Medical Officer of Health by zone

  • Calgary Zone
    • 403-264-5615
  • Central Zone
    • 403-356-6430
  • Edmonton Zone
    • 780-342-0194 (weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    • 780-433-3940 (24 hours: evenings, weekends and holidays)
  • South Zone
    • 403-388-6111 (Chinook Regional Hospital Switchboard)
  • North Zone
    • 1-855-513-7530 (weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    • 1-800-732-8981 - ask for public health on call (24 hours: evenings, weekends and holidays)

British Columbia

Manitoba

  • Medical Officer of Health after hours emergency line
    • 204-788-8666

Newfoundland and Labrador

Local Public Health Communicable Disease Control offices

  • Eastern Health
    • 709-752-3918
  • Western Health
    • 709-784-5436
    • 709-643-1830
  • Central Health
    • 709-651-6234
    • 709-292-8881
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health (North)
    • 709-897-3110
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health (South)
    • 709-454-0375

Northwest Territories

  • Public Health Line
    • 867-920-8646 (24/7)

Nova Scotia

  • Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
    • 902-424-2358
  • Medical Officer of Health on-call
    • 902-473-2222 extension 2220 (after hours)

Nunavut

  • Medical Officer of Health
    • 867-975-5772

Ontario

  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Health Care Provider Hotline
    • 1-866-212-2272 (7 days per week, 24 hours per day)

Prince Edward Island

  • Chief Public Health Office
    • 902-368-4996 (regular business hours)
  • Medical Officer of Health
    • 902-628-9624 (on call after hours)

Québec

Saskatchewan

(Ask for the Medical Health Officer on-call at your local public health office.)

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