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Philadelphia Quarantine Station


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in Philadelphia. The station’s jurisdiction includes all ports in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Respond to reports of illness or death on airplanes and maritime vessels (cruise and cargo), at international ports of entry in jurisdiction.
  • Partner with local and state health departments and federal agencies in preparedness activities on quarantine and isolation at ports of entry, such as the North American Pandemic Influenza Plan.
  • Partner with local and state health departments on emergency response, migrant health, and other public health issues.
  • Conduct tabletop exercises with local partners to ensure port and community preparedness for infectious diseases that could result in a pandemic.
  • Review medical records of immigrants who will reside permanently in the United States. Notify state and local health departments and refer any migrants with specific medical conditions.
  • Assist federal agriculture officers in screening international cargo and hand-carried items for potential vectors of human infectious disease.
  • Train airport and maritime partners about illness reporting and response.

Ports of Entry Statistics 2009

Major Airport Arrivals

Philadelphia International Airport
  • 4,000,000 international passengers
    • 2,523 immigrants
      • 69 immigrants medically referred
  • 45 international flights daily from 36 destinations
Pittsburgh International Airport
  • 60,150 international passengers
Total International passengers: 4,060,150

Major Seaport Arrivals Delaware Valley River Ports

  • 1,439 cargo ships
  • 11 cruise ships with 12,394 passengers
  • 624 cargo ships

Contact Information

(215) 365-6401 24-hour access

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

Office Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Philadelphia International Airport

Terminal A West, 3rd Floor
International Arrivals, c/o CBP
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Fax: (215) 365-5419