main content starts here

COVID Travel Advisory Guidance

COVID-19 Travel Guidance

Effective April 1, 2021 domestic travel restrictions were lifted; April 10 international travel restrictions were lifted.

  • There are no travel restrictions or need for mandatory quarantine upon returning to NYS from domestic or international travel.
  • Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months.
  • Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.
  • There are no travel restrictions or need to quarantine upon returning to NYS from domestic travel in the United States, regardless of where a person travels to in the United States or the duration of travel.

Required Procedures

All travelers must complete the Traveler Health Form unless the traveler had left New York for less than 24 hours or is coming to New York from a contiguous state. Contiguous states to New York are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

All travelers who travel outside of NYS must complete and submit this NYS Travel Health Form and follow these procedures upon returning to NYS:

  • 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, (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.

Irrespective of quarantine, all travelers must:

  • Monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York 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); and
  • 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.

Definitions:

  • Fully vaccinated is defined as being 2 or more weeks after the final dose (e.g., first for Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, second for Pfizer and Moderna) of the vaccine approved by the FDA or authorized by the FDA for emergency use.
  • Recently recovered is defined as 1) recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by meeting the criteria for discontinuation of isolation, 2) within the 3-month period between date of arrival in New York and either the initial onset of symptoms related to the laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection or, if asymptomatic during the illness, the date of the laboratory confirmed test, and 3) asymptomatic after travel or new exposure.

All unvaccinated domestic travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended:

  • To get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days).
  • Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.

International Travelers

CDC and NYS recommend delaying international travel until the traveler is fully vaccinated.

International travelers must comply CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the US. Travelers must complete the NYS Department of Health traveler health form.

Link for more information