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Two Federal Agencies Work Together to Provide Health Alerts to Travelers

Release Date: 
October 23, 2013

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined efforts to raise public awareness on health issues for international travelers who arrive at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan.

This San Juan CBP Federal Inspection Site was selected along with 15 other U.S. international airports, such as Miami, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Honolulu, to install flat screen monitors at their federal inspection terminals as part of a system known as TravAlert.


Approximately 90,000 travelers pass by TravAlert monitors at U.S. airports each day.

Approximately 90,000 travelers pass by TravAlert monitors at U.S. airports each day.

The Federal Inspection Site is that area of the airport where CBP officers and agriculture specialists inspect all arriving international travelers and their baggage. The Luis Munoz Marin Federal Inspection site is also part of the Model Ports Initiative. This program, adopted by selected international airports across the nation, strives to provide arriving travelers with the best new technologies, most efficient border security process and welcoming atmosphere. It includes improved signage, a "Welcome to the US" monitor with practical information about the entry process in English, French, German and Spanish, measurement of customer satisfaction to identify ways to more efficiently move people through the entry process and a Passenger Service Manager to address traveler's concerns.

TravAlert monitors will provide important health messages to alert international travelers about disease outbreaks, symptoms, and actions to take for prevention or care. Approximately 90,000 travelers pass by TravAlert monitors at U.S. airports each day. Keeping travelers informed will help protect them and U.S. communities against serious contagious diseases that could spread through travel.

CDC's mission is to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the United States. Whether disease starts at home or abroad, CDC fights disease and supports the health of residents and communities.

CBP's mission is to protect our borders while facilitating travel and trade, which includes ensuring that arriving travelers take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of disease from abroad.

To find out more about CDC's Quarantine Stations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Additional information on travel related topics are found at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection travel site.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017