Ebola Fact Sheet for Travelers
U.S. citizens should take note of information on Ebola Virus Disease and the screening process provided below.
The Department of Homeland Security has discontinued mandatory enhanced entry screening for airline passengers traveling to the United States from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea on December 28, in Sierra Leone on November 7, and in Liberia on September 2, 2015. CDC downgraded the travel notice for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to Level 1, no longer advising against nonessential travel, and no longer recommending that all persons practice enhanced precautions when traveling to these countries. The Department of State removed the Travel Warning for Sierra Leone on November 4 and for Liberia on July 24, 2015. The Travel Alert for parts of West Africa was removed on December 4, 2015.
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.
For additional information about how the Ebola Virus is impacting travel to affected countries, please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below.
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.