Ebola & Business Travel: What You Need to Know


Anytime you turn on the news lately, you cannot help but hear more about ebola. There has been a lot of uncertainty and questions about travel and ebola, so we have gathered as many resources as possible in this post for you to share with your travelers on the topic.

Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced that they will begin new layers of entry screening at the five U.S. airports that receive more than 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

New York’s JFK International Airport will begin the new screening process this Saturday. The enhanced entry screening at Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare and Atlanta international airports will be implemented next week. Click here for a fact sheet from the CDC and DHS detailing the new screening process and

CDC Infographic

Credit: CDC Infographic

More News on the Advanced Screening:

Five U.S. Airports to Enhance Screening for EbolaUSA Today
U.S. to Begin Ebola Screenings at 5 AirportsThe New York Times
Why One Public Health Expert Thinks Airport Ebola Screening Won’t WorkNPR

Online Resources:

Mark your calendars for Risk Radar: Managing the Medical and Security Implications of the Ebola Epidemic – How will you protect your travelers?, next Wednesday, October 22, at 12 p.m. ET. The webinar is the first installment of a special Risk Radar webinar series brought to you by the GBTA Risk Committee, and it will examine the Ebola outbreak from both a medical and security perspective to help participants develop a comprehensive understanding of its implications to travelers.

Additional webinar series from iJET:

Ebola Global Crisis Webinars

Information from ISOS:
International SOS (ISOS), a medical and travel security services company, has created a video sharing what business travelers need to know about ebola.
ISOS tracks the latest news on ebola here.
Ebola Facts
Education materials in multiple languages to understand and spread awareness of ebola

Information from the CDC:
Facts About Ebola in the US – Infographic
Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease
Signs & Symptoms
Questions and Answers on Ebola

Why Europe Cannot Ignore This:
More Cases of Ebola In Europe Unavoidable: WHOHuffington Post
According to the article, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that Europe would almost certainly see more cases of Ebola after a nurse in Spain became the first person known to have caught the virus outside Africa.
Ebola in Europe: What Went WrongThe Daily Beast

Other Helpful Articles on Ebola & Travel:
F.A.Q on Ebola and TravelThe New York Times
Advice for Business Travelers – ISOS
What Travelers Need to Know About the Ebola Virus OutbreakPeterGreenberg.com
What Role Do Airports Play in All of ThisPolitico Morning Transportation
Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?Washington Post
Ebola Patient in Dallas Hospital DiesUSA Today
Second Possible Ebola Case Reported in TexasHuffington Post


What’s Next?

On Friday, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a field hearing on how the government is coordinating its response to the Ebola outbreak.

Looking to learn more? Tune in to a webinar, Risk Radar: Managing the Medical and Security Implications of the Ebola Epidemic – How will you protect your travelers? on October 22 at 12 p.m. ET. The webinar is the first installment of a special Risk Radar webinar series brought to you by the GBTA Risk Committee, and it will examine the Ebola outbreak from both a medical and security perspective to help participants develop a comprehensive understanding of its implications to travelers.

ShaneDowney

Shane Downey is the Director of Public Policy for the Global Business Travel Association. In this role Shane oversees GBTA’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill, the countrywide grassroots campaign, and the Business Travel PAC. Shane comes to GBTA with over 11 years of government affairs experience. Prior to joining GBTA, Shane was a Senior Associate at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Shane oversaw the successful reelection of an Ohio Congressman. Shane is a proud fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He is never without hot sauce and in his spare time enjoys playing with his dog, Murphy.

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