Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Mali will no longer be on the list of Ebola-affected nations which will require travelers to take part in enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening.
Currently, travelers from this part of the world are required to undergo enhanced screening and monitoring before they come into the U.S. As part of the announcement, the CDC is also removing the Alert Level 2 Travel Notice for Mali, which advised travelers to practice enhanced precautions while there.
This change in policy, however does not change reqirements for anyone traveling from Mali who arrived in the United States before January 6, 2015 to continue active monitoring and report any symptoms for 21.
The reason for the change is that today marks two 21 day incubation cyclessince the last patient in Mali had any contact with a person who was not wearing personal protective equipment.
The last Ebola patient in Mali tested negative on December 5, 2014, and there are currently no active cases.
Screening and monitoring measures remain in place for travelers entering the United States from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Travel notices for these areas will remain at a Warning Level 3 and advise travelers to avoid nonessential travel there.