The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on March 18 that all non-native missionaries in most missions in Africa are being sent back to their home countries.
“Due to the spread of COVID-19 and new travel regulations instituted by several African governments, missionaries currently serving in most missions in Africa who are not native to those regions will be temporarily moved,” the Church said.
These measures apply to all missions in Africa except Angola Luanda, Botswana/Namibia, Kenya Nairobi, South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Durban, South Africa Johannesburg, Uganda Kampala, and Zambia Lusaka.
Missionaries in the Micronesia Guam Mission will also be sent home.
These guidelines were also applied to the Philippines as announced on March 17.
“Church leaders continue to closely monitor conditions related to the outbreak of COVID-19 and will make further adjustments as needed. We love our missionaries and express appreciation for their devoted service,” the statement says.