Ebola: returning workers scheme (RWS)

Advice for people returning to the UK after working in an Ebola affected country.

All humanitarian response workers returning from countries affected by Ebola should be risk assessed by Public Health England (PHE).

About the scheme

PHE established the returning workers scheme (RWS) in November 2014, as part of arrangements to protect and monitor the health of those who travel to Ebola affected countries 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 who 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 all staff (paid or unpaid) returning from Ebola affected countries, in advance of their arrival into the UK

Register for the scheme

To find out more about the scheme and to register, please contact

Further information about Ebola

See the Ebola collection

Published 22 July 2015