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  • US CDC to Require Airlines to Collect Contact Information from Passengers from DRC and Guinea beginning March 4, 2021


    Press Release

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021
    For Immediate Release


    Contact: CDC Media Relations
    (404) 639-3286

    CDC to Require Airlines to Collect Contact Information from Passengers from DRC and Guinea


    Starting Thursday, March 4, 2021, airlines and other aircraft operators will be required to collect and transmit contact information to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for appropriate public health follow-up and intervention for all passengers boarding a flight to the United States who were in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or the Republic of Guinea within the 21 days before their arrival in the United States.

    There are currently outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) in DRC and Guinea. The ability to identify and locate people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as Ebola, abroad is critical to help prevent the spread of disease within U.S. communities. Having access to travelers’ contact information will allow U.S. federal, state, and local health departments and agencies to provide health information, monitor travelers for signs and symptoms of Ebola, and ensure travelers who develop symptoms are quickly isolated and receive appropriate medical evaluation and care.

    This order follows the February 2020 interim final rule that authorized CDC to require airlines and other aircraft operators to collect certain data from passengers before they board a flight to the United States, and to provide the information to CDC within 24 hours of a CDC order.

    “Timely public health follow-up requires health officials to have immediate access to accurate and complete contact information for travelers as they arrive in the United States,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “Inaccurate or incomplete contact information reduces the ability of public health authorities to swiftly protect the health of travelers and the public. Any delay in contacting exposed individuals can increase the likelihood of disease spread.”

    Air travel has the potential to transport people, some of whom may have been exposed to a communicable disease, anywhere across the globe in less than 24 hours. In certain situations, public health officials may need to follow up with travelers who have arrived from a country where an outbreak is occurring, such as the Ebola outbreaks in DRC and Guinea.

    CDC has identified the minimum amount of information needed to locate travelers reliably after they arrive in the United States: full name, address while in the U.S., primary contact phone number, secondary or emergency contact phone number, and email address. Airlines and other aircraft operators will collect this information and submit it electronically, to enable CDC to receive these data in a timely manner.

    The U.S. government will also begin to redirect air passengers from DRC and Guinea to six U.S. airports where over 96% of air passengers from these countries already arrive. The six airports include New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Atlanta (ATL), Washington D.C. (IAD), Newark (EWR), and Los Angeles (LAX). Passengers can expect their contact information to be verified by U.S. government officials on arrival to ensure it is accurate and complete. CDC will share contact information securely with state and local health departments for passengers’ final destinations in the United States.

    For more information on the Order, visit https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/order-contact-information-ebola.html.


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      Health Alert: Enhanced Screening at Designated U.S. Airports – U. S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC


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      Health Alert: Enhanced Screening at Designated U.S. Airports – U. S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC
      Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

      Event: As of March 4 at 11:59p.m. EST, all U.S.-bound passengers departing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be routed to one of the following designated airports: New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), or Washington (IAD) for enhanced screening. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will apply new layers of screening at these six U.S. airports in response to the Ebola resurgence in North Kivu Province, which the DRC Ministry of Health declared on February 7, 2021. This applies to all passengers, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and visa holders (to include Diplomatic and Official visas).

      Please be prepared for flight changes or cancellations. All travelers are expected to also comply with pre-existing COVID-19 measures, including pre-departure testing, social distancing, and mask wearing.

      Actions to take:
      • For more information, please consult the CDC page.
      • If you are planning to travel to the United States, contact your airline to confirm your flight and route.

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      By U.S. Embassy Kinshasa | 3 March, 2021 | Topics: Alert
      https://cd.usembassy.gov/health-aler...-march-3-2021/
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        Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travelhttps://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
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          Rescinding Order: Requirement for Airlines to Collect Designated Information for Passengers Destined for the United States Who are Departing From, or Were Otherwise Present In, the Republic of Guinea


          In February 2021, outbreaks of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) were identified in the Republic of Guinea (Guinea) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Order on March 2, 2021 requiring airlines to collect and transmit to CDC contact information for passengers who were in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Republic of Guinea within the 21 days before their arrival or attempted arrival in the United States.

          This Order became effective on March 4, 2021. On April 29, 2021, CDC amended the Order to no longer require the collection and transmission of contact information for passengers who were in DRC within 21 days before their arrival or attempted arrival in the United States.

          On May 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Daylight Saving Time, CDC rescinded the March 2, 2021 Order to no longer require the collection and transmission of contact information for passengers who were in Guinea within 21 days before their arrival or attempted arrival in the United States. To view the order, click here pdf icon[PDF – 47 KB, 3 pages].

          To view the Notice rescinding the Order, click hereexternal icon.

          Frequently Asked Questions


          Why did CDC rescind the Order?

          The last Ebola case was confirmed in DRC on March 1 and the 42-day countdown to the end of outbreak began on March 22 following the last survivor testing negative for Ebola virus and being discharged from the Ebola treatment unit. As the risk of case importation from DRC was determined to be very low, on April 29, CDC amended the Order to remove the requirements for air passengers from DRC.

          Since April 3, 2021, there have been no new confirmed Ebola cases reported in Guinea and all contacts of cases that were being monitored have passed the 21-day incubation period. CDC determined that air passengers who have been in Guinea in the past 21 days have very low risk of exposure to Ebola virus. Therefore, the March 2, 2021 Order is rescinded in its entirety as of 12:01 a.m. Daylight Saving Time on May 14, 2021.

          Page last reviewed: May 13, 2021


          https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/order...ion-ebola.html
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