Philadelphia Quarantine Station

The Quarantine Station phone numbers below are for public health partners only.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in Philadelphia. The station’s jurisdiction includes all ports in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Respond to reports of illness or death on airplanes and maritime vessels (cruise and cargo), at international ports of entry in jurisdiction.
  • Partner with local and state health departments and federal agencies in preparedness activities on quarantine and isolation at ports of entry, such as the North American Pandemic Influenza Plan.
  • Partner with local and state health departments on emergency response, migrant health, and other public health issues.
  • Conduct tabletop exercises with local partners to ensure port and community preparedness for infectious diseases that could result in a pandemic.
  • Review medical records of immigrants who will reside permanently in the United States. Notify state and local health departments and refer any migrants with specific medical conditions.
  • Assist federal agriculture officers in screening international cargo and hand-carried items for potential vectors of human infectious disease.
  • Train airport and maritime partners about illness reporting and response.

Annual Ports of Entry Statistics

Major Airport Arrivals
Number of international passengers
  • Philadelphia International Airport: 2 million
  • Pittsburgh International Airport: 77,000
Major River Port Arrivals
  • 27,000 international cruise and cargo ship passengers and crew

Contact Information
(215) 365-6401 24-hour access

On call: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
This phone number is for public health partner use only.

Office Hours of Operation:

Monday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday – Thursday, 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET

Philadelphia International Airport

Terminal A West, 3rd Floor
International Arrivals, c/o CBP
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Fax: (215) 365-5419