Interim Final Rule: Control of Communicable Diseases: Foreign Quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an interim final rule to amend its Foreign Quarantine regulations, to enable CDC to require airlines to collect, and provide to CDC, certain data regarding passengers and crew arriving from foreign countries for the purposes of health education, treatment, prophylaxis, or other appropriate public health interventions, including travel restrictions. This interim final rule was effective on February 7, 2020 and written comments are invited and must be submitted on or before March 13, 2020. The interim final rule is published on the Office of the Federal Register’s websiteexternal icon.

Order to Airlines Regarding the Collection of Passenger Information

Airlines are hereby ordered to collect and provide information to CDC about any passenger who has departed from, or was otherwise present within, the People’s Republic of China (excluding the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau) within 14 days of the date of the passenger’s entry or attempted entry into the United States. See the attached order (print-only) pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages] for the full requirements.