Ebola Fact Sheet for Travelers
U.S. citizens should take note of information on Ebola Virus Disease and the new screening process provided below.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that all persons traveling to the United States from the West African countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea enter the United States through one of the five airports with enhanced screening and resources – New York's Kennedy, Newark’s Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airports.
Passengers traveling from Sierra Leone and Guinea who were not originally passing through one of these airports must rebook their flights to make entry through one of the listed airports. DHS is working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption.
Because of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African nations of Sierra Leone and Guinea, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Health Travel Notices for those two countries advising against nonessential travel and has provided guidance to reduce the potential for spread of EVD. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia to be free from EVD transmission on May 9; however, a small number of additional EVD cases have been identified since June 29. CDC downgraded Liberia’s travel notice to Level 1, no longer advising against nonessential travel to Liberia, and no longer recommending that all persons practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Liberia. Moreover, as of September 21, 2015, enhanced entry screening is discontinued for travelers coming to the United States from Liberia. These travelers will no longer be required to enter the United States through one of the U.S. airports that are conducting enhanced screening. The Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Sierra Leone.
The CDC has provided interim guidance to public health authorities, airlines, and other partners for evaluating risk of exposure of persons coming from countries affected by Ebola. Please note that neither the Bureau of Consular Affairs nor the Embassy deals with quarantine issues and cannot prevent a U.S. citizen from being quarantined should local health authorities require it. For questions about quarantine, please visit the CDC website that addresses quarantine and isolation issues.
The Department of State has also issued a Travel Alert for parts of West Africa because of EVD. Click here to read the Alert.
Frequently Asked Questions About Travel and Ebola
Where can I find more information about Ebola?
Please consult the CDC’s Questions and Answers on Ebola page.
How is the Ebola outbreak impacting travel to affected countries?
Numerous countries and several airlines have enacted travel restrictions in response to the Ebola outbreak. The operating status and border requirements can change quickly and frequently. We recommend that all travelers confirm their arrangements prior to travel and again before you go to the airport. If you already scheduled your trip, please contact your travel agent or the company that issued your ticket for information on the airline’s operating status. If you have not yet purchased a ticket, or are interested in seeing information on other sites, private companies such as International SOS and FlightStats, Inc. may be helpful.
Where can I find the Travel Notices?
For a list of all active CDC Travel Health Notices, visit the CDC website.
Learn About Your Destination
Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.