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Travelers From Liberia Will No Longer Be Screened For Ebola Upon Entering The U.S.

Starting Monday, September 21, 2015, travelers arriving to the United States from Liberia will no longer be screened for Ebola, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Liberia will be removed from the list of nations affected by Ebola that are subject to heightened port-of-entry and visa screening.

The country was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on September 3rd.

The Department of Homeland Security and CDC will no longer evaluate travelers from Liberia at any of the five enhance entry screening airports (New York JFK international Airport, Washington-Dulles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport); travelers arriving from Liberia will be able to enter the U.S. at any airport.

According to the statement, Liberia will continue to screen passengers for Ebola as they leave the country, “Travelers departing Liberia will remain subject to outbound screening measures, and the United States will continue to support Liberia’s Ebola prevention and detection measures, including at its primary international airport.”

Screening measures are still in place for travelers entering the U.S. from Sierra Leone &  Guinea. According to the World Health Organization, 5 new cases of Ebola were confirmed in Sierra Leone in the last week; Guinea experienced no new cases last week.

 

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