Border Quarantine Measures to Prevent Ebola at Taoyuan International Airport in 2014

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20160308.32(5).002

Min-Ping Hsu, Shu-Chuan Lin, Mei-Jung Chen,Hao-Hsin Wu, Jhy-Wen Wu, Kun-Bin Wu

2016 Vol.32 NO.5

Correspondence Author: Min-Ping Hsu

  • Northern Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan


On 8 August, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In response, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (TaiwanCDC) established the “Ebola Virus Disease Emergency Response Task Force”. This report addressed how Taoyuan International Airport implemented these policies from Taiwan CDC. The measures included: providing the latest update of health information for travelers, preparedness and drills at the airport, screening incoming passengers from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. All passengers arriving by flights from Europe and Dubai were required to complete the blue “Ebola Declaration Form”. Immigration officers would request the presence of a Taiwan CDC’s quarantine officer when travelers from Ebola-affected countries were passing through immigration. These border quarantine measures will serve as a reference in the future on how to prevent the spread of diseases into the country.

Keywords:Taoyuan International Airport, Ebola virus disease, Quarantine