|October 15, 2014
Ebola & Business Travel – Travel One’s Perspective
As the Ebola virus continues to make headlines, here is Travel One / BCD Travel’s assessment of the current situation. Keep in mind that the situation is constantly evolving: this is our best effort to summarize main developments as of Oct. 13.
How is Ebola affecting business travel?
Currently, five U.S. airports (New York JFK, Newark, Atlanta, Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare), two U.K. airports (Heathrow and Gatwick) and six Canadian airports (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary) have begun screening passengers arriving by air from the three countries most affected by the Ebola virus: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The screening consists of questionnaires and temperature checks; the screen takes place in areas separated from normal airport traffic. In the U.K., Eurostar passengers arriving from Brussels and Paris will receive similar screenings.
The current bottom line: Passengers traveling from and to all other countries should experience little to no Ebola-related disruption to their travel. No government or health authorities have implemented measures or made recommendations to stop travel (border closures, etc.).
Should you take any steps within your program to address the Ebola situation?
In addition to applying your normal corporate standards to assess the necessity and risk of any business travel, the most important step is simply staying informed. There are many misconceptions about Ebola and its transmission. Reliable sources of information include the websites of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our Flash Alert/Security Module provider has classified Ebola as only a Level 2 travel risk. As a reminder, our customers receive Travel Alerts only if they are Level 3 (Significant Travel Impact) and above.
The Travel One team is actively monitoring this and all other situations with the potential for significant travel impact, 24/7. Should we see a material change in the situation, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, please contact Travel One if you have additional questions.