Ebola Fact Sheet for Travelers
U.S. citizens should take note of the information on the Ebola Virus Disease and the new screening process provided below.
As of October 22, the Department of Homeland Security requires that all persons traveling to the United States from the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea must enter the U.S. through New York's Kennedy, Newark’s Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airports and undergo EVD screening.
Passengers traveling from Liberia, 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.
Due to an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the west African nations of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control has issued Health Travel Warnings for those three countries advising against nonessential travel and has provided guidance to reduce the potential for spread of EVD. Please note that the CDC Level 2 Travel Alert for Nigeria has been lifted because Nigeria has been declared Ebola free. The Department of State has issued Travel Warnings for Liberia and 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.
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?
Some airlines have decreased or temporarily suspended services, but commercial flights are still available in and out of cities within the affected countries. Travelers should confirm flight arrangements prior to travel as routes may change without the travel’s knowledge. You can find a real-time list of departures from major cities by entering the airport code at www.flightstats.com.
Where can I find the Travel Notices?
For a list of all active CDC Travel Health Notices, visit the CDC website.
Travel Alerts & Warnings
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.