Officers in the US have confirmed passengers originating from international locations vulnerable to Ebola shall be compelled to fly to airports with display screen procedures for the virus in place.
That is the primary time the US has positioned any restrictions on journey in relation to the illness, and comes after days of mounting stress to ban all journey from affected international locations.
All latest travellers to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will now be topic to fundamental assessments for fever and face questioning on doable publicity to the illness.
“We’re regularly evaluating whether or not further restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are vital to guard the American individuals and can act accordingly,” added Homeland Safety secretary Jeh Johnson in a press release.
At current simply 5 airports in the US – New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago –have the extra Ebola screening protocols in place.
Take a look at supplied at these areas are designed to complement exit screenings that happen in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
There are presently no direct flights from these three international locations into the US.
Nevertheless, passengers who’ve been there within the final 21 days and journey by way of international airports will now be required to first enter the US by way of one in all these 5 airports.
“All passengers arriving in the US whose journey originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea shall be required to fly into one of many 5 airports which have the improved screening and extra sources in place,” mentioned Johnson.
“We’re working intently with the airways to implement these restrictions with minimal journey disruption. If not already dealt with by the airways, the few impacted travellers ought to contact the airways for rebooking, as wanted.”
Apparently, the information got here as Rwanda introduced new journey restrictions on travellers arriving from the US and Spain.
Each international locations have been hit with confirmed Ebola infections in latest weeks.
“Guests who’ve been in the US or Spain over the past 22 days at the moment are required to report their medical situation – no matter whether or not they’re experiencing signs of Ebola,” mentioned a press release from Rwandan officers.