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Enhanced Airport Entry Screening To End for Travelers from Liberia to the United States

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 18, 2015
Contact: Media Relations, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

On September 21, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Liberia from the list of nations affected by Ebola that are subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening.

Travelers departing Liberia will remain subject to outbound screening measures, and the United States will continue to support Liberia’s Ebola prevention and detection measures, including at its primary international airport.

On Sept. 3, 2015, the World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola transmission. This date marked more than 42 days (two 21-day incubation periods) after the release of the last survivor of Ebola from a Liberian Ebola treatment unit (ETU).

Also on Sept. 3, 2015, CDC downgraded the travel notice for Ebola in Liberia to Watch Level 1, which means CDC recommends U.S. residents practice usual precautions when traveling to Liberia. Travel notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations.

Screening and monitoring measures remain in place for travelers entering the United States from Guinea and Sierra Leone. This includes travelers from Liberia who have also traveled to either Guinea or Sierra Leone within the previous 21 days.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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