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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.

Annual Ports of Entry Statistics

Major Airport Arrivals

Number of international passengers

Major Seaport Arrivals

Major Land Border Crossings (Maine)

Number of travelers

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