Port Health Stations

A Comprehensive System

U.S. Port Health Stations are part of a comprehensive system that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent their spread.

U.S. Port Health Stations are located at 20 ports of entry and land-border crossings where international travelers arrive. They are staffed with medical and public health officers from CDC. These health officers decide whether ill persons can enter the United States and what measures should be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Port health officers are responsible for activities as various as responding to reports of illnesses, to screening cargo and inspecting animals and animal products, to monitoring the health of and collecting any medical information of new immigrants, refugees, asylees, and parolees. Read the U.S. Port Health Stations Fact Sheet.

Contacting U.S. Port Health Stations

Port Health Stations have responsibility for enforcing foreign quarantine regulations at all ports of entry within its assigned area of jurisdiction.

Please note that all numbers operate with 24-hour access, unless an alternate number is provided.

Shipping note: For shipping to port health stations using a delivery service other than FedEx (such as UPS, DHL or freight), confirm the correct shipping address prior to sending.

Time zones: All hours of operation are based on the local time of the station’s geographical location.

Port Health Station Contact Lists and Jurisdictions