The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued an Order aimed at controlling the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases into the United States, such as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The agency is requiring airlines to collect and provide information about any passenger who has departed from, or was otherwise present within, the People’s Republic of China (excluding the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau) within 14 days of the person’s entry or attempted entry into the United States via that airline’s carriage.
The Order follows the Interim Final Rule, issued by CDC on February 12, authorizing CDC to require airlines to collect and submit specified information in a “timelier manner.” Specifically, the Order requires airlines to collect and provide to the CDC the following information on passengers departing from or otherwise present in The People’s Republic of China within two hours of the departure of the flight:
- Full name;
- Primary contact phone number;
- Secondary contact phone number;
- Address or address while the passenger is in the United States or home address of permanent resident; and
- Email address the passenger will use for email communications while in the United States
The Order will allow CDC to identify and evaluate those who may have been exposed to communicable diseases, such as COVID-19. It will also enable CDC to contact individuals who may have come into contact with a person with a communicable disease and may be at risk of contracting the disease.