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Boston Quarantine Station


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in Boston. The station's jurisdiction includes U.S.-Canada land border crossings in Maine, as well as all airports and seaports in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Respond to reports of illness or death on airplanes and cruise and cargo vessels at international ports of entry within jurisdiction.
  • Review medical records of migrants who will reside permanently in the United States. Notify state and local health departments and refer any migrants with specific medical conditions.
  • Partner with other federal agencies, local and state health departments, private medical providers, and hospitals in preparedness activities related to quarantine and isolation at ports of entry.
  • Monitor importations that may have pathogens infectious to humans.
  • Partner with health departments regarding emergency response, migrant health, and other public health issues.

Ports of Entry Statistics 2008 - 2009

Major Airport Arrivals

Logan International Airport
  • 1,512,627 international passengers
    • 6,602 immigrants
    • 8,621 international flights

Major Seaport Arrivals

Boston Seaport
Cruise ships
  • 215,651 passengers
  • 107 cruise ships

Contact Information

(617) 561-5701 24-hour access

On call: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Office Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

c/o CDC New York Quarantine Station
JFK International Airport

Terminal 4, Room 219.016
2nd Floor, East Concourse
Jamaica, NY 11430-1081

Fax: (718) 553-1524