As the threat of Ebola winds down, so does the need to screen passengers traveling to and from affected nations.
To that end, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are removing Guinea from their list of countries that requires departing travelers to go through additional screenings.
The removal will allow passengers traveling from Guinea to avoid being required to travel through designated U.S. airports, which was a common practice during the height of the outbreak. Instead, travelers will be able to fly directly to their destinations. Guinea is the last West African country to be removed from the list, following Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The Ebola outbreak that affected these countries has nearly come to an end, two years after the virus ravaged West Africa and impacted other parts of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Guinea free of Ebola after the last patient tested negative twice after 42 days of incubation.
Travelers leaving Guinea will still go through screening measures. Travelers leaving the other two West African countries are encouraged to monitor their health for 21 days after departing.