Ebola checks at Czech airports start Tuesday morning

All international flights will be monitored, and passengers will need to state whether they had traveled to affected area up to 42 days earlier

Prague, Oct. 20 (ČTK) — The country’s chief sanitary officer today issued a directive introducing checks at international airports that are to prevent the penetration of Ebola into the country and will take effect Tuesday, Oct.21, starting at 8 a.m.

At the airports of Prague, Karlovy Vary, Pardubice, Ostrava and Brno, passengers on international flights will fill in arrival cards aboard the plane.

At Prague’s Václav Havel Airport, the passengers who had stayed in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, the African countries most afflicted by Ebola, for up to 42 days prior to their arrival in Prague, will undergo a medical checkup and temperature measurement.

At the other airports, the arrival cards will be collected and potentially risky passengers will be checked by a doctor as needed.

On the arrival card, passengers will fill in their name and surname, year of birth, passport or ID card number and phone number.

They will fill in the number of their flight and whether they stayed in any of the three states mentioned above during the period of 42 days before landing in the Czech Republic.

Passengers are also required to fill in where their place of residence in the Czech Republic is up to 42 days after their arrival, and the date of their planned departure from the Czech Republic within 42 days.

For children, the cards will be filled out by the adults who accompany them, or by a member of the crew. The same applies to disabled passengers.

The cards will be available in a Czech and an English version. Passengers will hand the completed cards to the aircrew, who will pass them on to the border police, which will hand them to the medical personnel and sanitary centers.

The two Czech air carriers, Czech Airlines and Travel Service Airlines, have already had their cards printed. For foreign air carriers, the cards will be printed by the Czech state in a few days. Until then, passengers arriving with foreign carriers will only receive verbal instructions, Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček (Social Democrats, ČSSD) said today.

He said the measure will remain in effect as needed, probably for months rather than weeks.

Czech chief sanitary officer Vladimír Valenta said today the measures will help find passengers who had been in contact with a person suffering from the suspected Ebola virus.

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