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Seattle Quarantine Station


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in Seattle. The station’s jurisdiction includes 56 ports in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The station also supports preclearance ports in Canada: Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Respond to reports of illness or death on airplanes, cargo vessels, and other conveyances 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 Canada on cross-border emergency response planning.
  • Monitor importations that may have pathogens infectious to humans.
  • 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.

Ports of Entry Statistics 2009

Major Airport Arrivals

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • 2,633,733 international passengers
    • 5,401 immigrants and refugees
  • 140 weekly direct flights from Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico
Portland International Airport
  • 446,829 international passengers

Total international passengers: 3,080,559

Major Seaport Arrivals

Washington: 3,415 cargo ships
  • Tacoma-Seattle: 3rd-ranked U.S. cargo load center
  • Seattle: 875,433 cruise ship passengers
Oregon: 2,446 cargo ships
U.S.-Canada Border Crossings
  • Idaho: 466,418 passengers at 2 ports
  • Montana: 1,169,378 passengers at 13 ports
  • Washington: 11,561,223 passengers at 16 ports
Total crossings: 13,197,019

Contact Information

(206) 553-4519 24-hour access

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

Office Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. PT

CDC Seattle Quarantine Station
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

c/o CBP
19339 28th Ave South
Building D
SeaTac, WA 98158

Fax: (206) 553-0855