Guidance

Ebola: returning workers scheme (RWS)

Advice for people returning to the UK after working in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.

All travellers returning from countries affected by Ebola should be risk assessed by a Public Health England (PHE) Ebola screening team.

Travellers who are within 21 days of travelling from West Africa are required to present themselves for screening on arrival in the UK. This applies to business, holiday and other non business travellers whose journeys involved stops in other countries.

About the scheme

PHE established the returning workers scheme (RWS) in November 2014, to support the process of screening at ports. The scheme is part of the arrangements to protect and monitor the health of those who travel to Ebola affected countries in West Africa for their work. This is part of a coordinated effort to protect the health of the wider public.

The RWS is for any business or organisation that has staff (paid or unpaid) that travel to the UK from countries affected by Ebola. This includes humanitarian and healthcare organisations, as well as media and other organisations that are sending workers to situations where they might be directly exposed to Ebola.

So that PHE is able to establish prompt and efficient screening arrangements, and can provide organisations with regular updates and guidance we ask that:

  • organisations undertaking business in Ebola affected countries must register with the PHE returning workers scheme
  • once registered, organisations should provide PHE with the travel details of staff (paid and unpaid) returning from West Africa, in advance of their arrival into the UK

Register for the scheme

To find out more about the scheme and to register please contact ReturningWorkersScheme@phe.gov.uk

About the screening process

Read this step-by-step guide to the screening process for those returning from Ebola-affected countries, to learn what to expect.

Further information

For further information about the scale and location of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa please visit the FCO website.

Published 22 July 2015