Alaska’s Tourism Agency says it will consider banning American tourists from visiting the territory because of a high number of travelers coming from West Africa.
The Alaska Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will ban travelers from entering the state for five days from Nov. 16 to Dec. 12 due to Ebola.
The travel ban is in response to an outbreak in West Africa and an increase in cases of the virus in the United States.
The agency said in a statement that the decision comes after an advisory committee has recommended a temporary suspension of the state’s travel restrictions to prevent further spread of the outbreak.
The advisory committee recommended a four-day suspension last month.
Alaska has experienced a high rate of cases of Ebola, and more than 200 Americans have died from the virus.
The state’s tourism industry, which makes about $300 million a year, is dependent on tourists from the U.S. for $1 billion a year.
Bill Walker has called on the U!
Congress to provide additional funds to the state to support state agencies dealing with the outbreak, but the state hasn’t requested any additional money.