Travelers would be screened at the airport by quarantine station medical personnel, and the screening would include measuring temperature and checking for symptoms of the deadly virus, which has infected more than 10,000 in West Africa. Those showing symptoms would be isolated immediately and transferred to a hospital for evaluation.
Those who don't show any symptoms would be divided into three categories. Those deemed "high-risk" are travelers with a known direct exposure to an Ebola patient. They would be subject to a 21-day quarantine.
A second category, "low risk" travelers, include those with no known exposure to an Ebola patient. They would be required to sign a contract with state health officials that requires them to self-check their symptoms twice a day, and report back to state monitors. Those who fail to comply could be quarantined.
Medical personnel who treated Ebola patients would be put in a third category. They would be "visually monitored" - video communications or a home visit - over a 21-day period but not necessarily quarantined.
The timing of the announcement, eight days until the election, was criticized by the campaign of his Democratic challenger Jason Carter's campaign. Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas noted that Deal once said "water kills the Ebola virus." He said Deal will "do anything to make it appear he has a handle on the situation."
"Georgia's Ebola response should be driven by science, not politics," said Thomas, adding: "Georgians don't need a long memory to know that Gov. Deal doesn't handle crises well."
Deal said he the new precautions are "justified" given the potential risk to Georgia residents.
"We're going to be mindful of their privacy and their necessity to move about," he said. "But if they pose a potential threat to the citizens of the state of Georgia, we believe a quarantine is appropriate."