The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state or another country, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.
Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another U.S. state or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 1, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations for international travel, is still recommended for domestic 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.
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. Contiguous states to New York are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
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.
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 federal agreement and need not quarantine solely due to such federally authorized travel. Travelers flying between the US and Canada must follow the CDC guidance for international travel.
Traveler Health Form
International travelers arriving in New York must comply with all current CDC requirements for testing and quarantined after international travel. All travelers must complete the NYS traveler health form.
Upon arrival in the U.S., international travelers must either quarantine for 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection, or are fully vaccinated. Guidance on how to quarantine can be found here.
Upon arrival in the U.S., travelers must fill out the NYS Department of Health traveler health form to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Protect Yourself and Others
Help Stop the Spread: Protect Yourself and Others
- Avoid public places including while traveling, if possible.
- Wear a mask if
- You are within six feet of distance from other individuals
- In a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals
- In a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
International travelers to New York who are required to quarantine must comply with the following quarantine guidance. Find more information on safe quarantine.
- The individual must not be in public or otherwise leave the quarters that they have identified as suitable for their quarantine.
- The individual must be situated in separate quarters with a separate bathroom facility for each individual or family group. Access to a sink with soap, water, and paper towels is necessary. Cleaning supplies (e.g., household cleaning wipes, bleach) must be provided in any shared bathroom.
- The individual must have a way to self-quarantine from household members as soon as fever or other symptoms develop, in a separate room(s) with a separate door. Given that an exposed person might become ill while sleeping, the exposed person must sleep in a separate bedroom from household members.
- Food must be delivered to the person’s quarters.
- Quarters must have a supply of face masks for individuals to put on if they become symptomatic.
- Garbage must be bagged and left outside for routine pick up. Special handling is not required.
- A system for temperature and symptom monitoring must be implemented to provide assessment in-place for the quarantined persons in their separate quarters.
- Nearby medical facilities must be notified, if the individual begins to experience more than mild symptoms and may require medical assistance.
- The quarters must be secure against unauthorized access.
The Department expects all international travelers, and symptomatic travelers, to comply and protect public health by adhering to the quarantine. However, the Department and LHDs reserve the right to issue a mandatory quarantine order, if needed. Pursuant to Executive Orders 205.1 and 205.2, anyone who violates a quarantine order may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000, or imprisonment up to 15 days per PHL 229.
Travel Advisory Requirements for Healthcare Workers
As of April 1, 2021, asymptomatic HCP returning from travel to another U.S. state or territory may return to work upon arrival in New York State.
Asymptomatic HCP returning from travel to another country must follow CDC’s international travel requirements consistent with this guidance.
Asymptomatic HCP returning from travel to another country can return to work upon completion of the CDC quarantine requirements except for HCP working in nursing homes, EALRs, or ALPs. These HCP cannot return to their workplace (must furlough) through the 14th day after return from international travel unless they meet the vaccination or recent COVID-19 recovery criteria to reduce the length of quarantine.
Ineligible for Paid Sick Leave Scenario
COVID-19 paid leave is available in New York State for individuals who must isolate or quarantine. For more information go to Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Impacted New Yorkers.