Travel Advisory Information
Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. While no longer required, the NYS Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread — wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings.
Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 or returning from travel must:
- Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
- Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
- Must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.
In the meantime, before April 1, 2021, the following travel adisory for New York State remains in effect:
All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state who have been outside of New York for more than 24 hours must:
- Complete the Traveler Health Form.
- Obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
Upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
- Obtain another COVID-19 test on day 4 of their quarantine,.
If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test. Travelers who do not obtain a test prior to arrival in New York and/or on the 4th day in New York, must quarantine for 10 days.
Travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
- Do not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and do not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
- Must complete the Traveler Health Form upon entry into New York State.
- Obtain a COVID-19 diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
Further, domestic travelers to New York may be exempt from quarantine if they satisfy the following criteria.
- Consistent with recent CDC guidance, asymptomatic individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine during the first 3 months after full vaccination if such travelers:
- Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND
- Have remained asymptomatic since last COVID-19 exposure.
- Consistent with CDC guidance from February 13, 2021, asymptomatic individuals who have previously been diagnosed with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and have since recovered, are not required to retest and quarantine within 3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial COVID-19 infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.
- Travelers from state that are contiguous with New York (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont) are exempt from the travel advisory.
- Travelers from Canada crossing at land borders subject to the agreement between the governments of the United States and Canada are permitted to travel in accordance with said agreement and do not need to quarantine.
- Exceptions to the travel advisory are permitted for essential workers traveling from non-contiguous U.S. states or territories and are limited based on the duration of time in New York and subject to more specific industry guidance for a particular industry.
All travelers must complete the NYS traveler form upon arrival into New York.
The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well.
The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.
To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel guidelines click here or call 1-833-789-0470.
Individuals may also contact their local department of health.