Embassador Deborah Malac
US Gov’t Modifies Ebola Entry Screening Program
MONROVIA, June 19 (LINA) - The U.S. Government has announced it is modifying its enhanced Ebola entry screening and monitoring program for travelers entering the United States from Liberia.
According to a US Embassy release, as of June 17, 2015, travelers arriving in the United States from Liberia will still have their temperatures taken, be asked about their health and will need to provide local contact information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will no longer require active monitoring for anyone arriving from Liberia for 21 days.
However, state health departments have the option to continue 21 days of active monitoring of travelers from Liberia if they so decide.
The modifications do not affect the normal screening procedures already in place. Travelers arriving in the United States from Liberia will be screened in Liberia before departure.
They will be routed through the five U.S. airports conducting enhanced screening (New York’s JFK, Washington-Dulles, Newark Liberty International, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson); and will be screened upon arrival by U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, the release noted.
Travelers from Guinea or Sierra Leone or travelers from Liberia who have been in Guinea or Sierra Leone within the 21 days prior to arrival in the United States will continue to participate in enhanced entry screening and post-arrival 21-day monitoring.
Earlier, the United States Embassy near Monrovia had stated the relaxation of screening procedures for passengers travelling to the United States from Liberia, which came into effect on June 17, 2015.