The British Government’s Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced the screening of passengers inbound from Ebola disease-affected countries will start at Heathrow today (Tuesday October 14).
Travellers deemed to be from “at risk” countries will be required to have their temperature taken, complete a risk questionnaire and give their contact details. Mr Hunt added that screening at Gatwick Airport and the UK’s Eurostar rail terminals will follow: “later this week”.
Heathrow issued the following statement on October 13:
“The welfare of our passengers and colleagues is always our main priority and we are working with Government to support the implementation of the screening measures as announced by the Health Secretary today. We would like to reassure passengers that the Government assesses the risk of a traveller contracting Ebola to be low. We would encourage anybody with individual questions or concerns to refer to guidance from Public Health England and the Foreign Office.”