Enhanced Entry Airport Screening for Ebola to End for Travelers from Sierra Leone to the United States

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 21, 2015
Contact: Media Relations, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

On Dec. 22, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Sierra Leone from the list of nations affected by Ebola that are subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening.

Travelers departing Sierra Leone will remain subject to outbound screening measures, and the United States will continue to support Sierra Leone’s Ebola prevention and detection measures, including at its primary international airport.  Departing travelers are still encouraged to watch their health for 21 days after leaving Sierra Leone and to contact their local health departments or seek healthcare if they develop symptoms consistent with Ebola.

On Nov. 7, 2015, the World Health Organization declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus transmission. This date marked 42 days (two 21-day incubation periods) after the last known patient with Ebola tested negative twice for Ebola


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