As vaccine rollouts pick up the pace and Covid-19 rates continue to fall, countries around the world are starting to see changes to their travel restrictions that were imposed due to the pandemic – and the U.S. is no different.
New York – one of the country’s largest states and home to its most populous city – is to welcome domestic travelers who have had both shots of the Covid-19 vaccine with no need to quarantine or self-isolate. Here’s more about that decision, as well as other restrictions that are to be lifted in the state.
No Quarantine For Vaccinated – Information For Travelers
Speaking in a briefing yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York was to lift quarantine and testing restrictions on incoming domestic vaccinated travelers. Whilst it is a positive step in the right direction, it did come with some restrictions of its own.
“Domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine or test out within 90 days of full vaccination,” Cuomo announced. However, for those who have had the vaccination for more than 90 days ago, they will still have to go through the testing and quarantine procedures.
New York’s Current Entry Requirements – What Travelers Need To Know
Whilst the news is bound to be welcomed by those who have been vaccinated, for the majority of prospective travelers there are still many rules and restrictions in place. Both travelers from non-contiguous states and CDC Level 2 countries must adhere to the same set of rules when it comes to visiting New York.
Travelers must obtain a negative test taken no more than three days prior to departure. Upon arrival, they must quarantine for three days. On the fourth day, the travelers will take another Covid-19 test; if negative, the traveler can leave quarantine. Should the traveler not provide a negative test, the full ten days of quarantine must be observed.
Travelers who have left the state for less than 24 hours do not need to quarantine, but must fill out a Traveler Health Form upon entry, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after they arrive in New York. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory, but must still fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers are also exempt.
Masks are still mandatory in the state, with official guidance stating that anyone over the age of 2 who can tolerate a face covering must do so. The rule applies when in public places, public or private transport, and workplaces when in contact with customers.
New York Eases Other Restrictions
Governor Cuomo also eased several other restrictions, helping life in the Big Apple to return to some sort of normality. From April 2nd, events, art and entertainment venues are allowed to open at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors. These limits can be increased to 150 and 500 respectively should attendees provide proof of a negative test prior to entry. Social distancing must be observed by all attendees. New York also recently expanded its indoor dining capacity to 35%.
New York currently has a rolling 7-day average of 7,460 daily cases, down significantly from its peak of nearly 20,000 daily cases. The state has also issued 4.6 million does of the vaccine, with more than 1.5 million receiving both doses.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories