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Washington D.C. Quarantine Station

	Washington DC


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in Washington, D.C. The station’s jurisdiction includes all ports in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Coordinate public health responses (e.g., the emergency repatriation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon).
  • Act as the program and agency representative at high-level meetings and workgroups in Washington (e.g., meetings with Homeland Security Council).
  • Respond to reports of illness on airplanes and maritime vessels (cruise and cargo).
  • Conduct tabletop exercises with local partners to ensure port and community preparedness for infectious diseases that could result in a pandemic.
  • Partner with other federal agencies, local and state health departments in preparedness activities about quarantine and isolation at ports of entry.
  • Review medical records of immigrants and alert state and local health departments of specific medical conditions requiring evaluation or treatment.
  • Conduct training for local partners regarding migrant health-related processing and emergency preparedness.
  • Assist local agriculture officers to screen international cargo and hand-carried items for potential vectors of human infectious disease.

Annual Ports of Entry Statistics

Major Airport Arrivals

Number of international passengers
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport: 3.5 million
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport: 350,000
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: 200,000

Major Seaport Arrivals

  • 323,174 international cruise and cargo ship passengers and crew

Contact Information

(703) 661-1320 24-hour access

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

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

International Airport

P.O. Box 20081
Washington, DC 20041

Fax: (703) 661-5095