As most people have realized by now, traveling during a pandemic is difficult. As well as travelers having to navigate the constantly changing restrictions and entry requirements to visit other countries, they must also be aware of changes that impact travel on a domestic level.
An update to New York State’s travel advisory brought about several key changes that both domestic and international travelers should be on top of. Here’s everything you need to know about the changes, plus a reminder of the current Covid-19 restrictions in the state.
Travel Advisory Updated – Information For Travelers
Much like different countries around the world, states across the US have constantly been updating their travel advisories and entry restrictions throughout the course of the pandemic, reflecting the situation and perceived threat of the spread of Covid-19 in their borders.
On Saturday, New York State made key changes to its travel advisory, which were bound to welcomed by international travelers keen to visit the Big Apple. According to the updated guidance released by the state, asymptomatic travelers from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to quarantine, building on their previous update which removed the need for domestic quarantine. However, those who are as yet unvaccinated are still recommended to quarantine.
The guidance states:
Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. 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.
Note: 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.
Unvaccinated domestic travelers are still recommended to be tested for the virus 3 to 5 days after arriving in the state, and are asked to consider self-quarantine and avoiding high-risk individuals for 14 days. International travelers must still comply with CDC requirements, such as showing a negative test result of proof of recovery in order to be able to fly. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated international travelers are recommended to be tested between 3-5 days after arriving in the state.
Travelers must still complete the Traveler Health Form, unless they have only left for a time period shorter than 24 hours, or are coming from a state that’s contiguous to New York. Contiguous states are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Whilst quarantine is not required, the guidance still requests that travelers adhere to specific health-related behaviors after arriving in the state. Such behaviors are listed as monitoring symptoms, continuing to wash hands and wear a mask, and immediately self-isolating if any symptoms start to develop.
New York Right Now – What Restrictions Are In Place?
As cases continue to decline, and vaccine figures keep on rising, more and more states are gradually beginning to ease their Covid-related restrictions. In New York, indoor event capacity limits have increased to 100, with outdoor capacities capped at 200 – though events with attendee testing can see these limits increase to 150 and 500. Indoor dining is back on the menu with 50% capacity allowed, whilst bars and restaurants are permitted to open until 11PM. Nonessential retail stores are open, whilst most museums require pre-booking to visit. Masks are still required to be worn in public spaces, and social distancing should still be maintained where possible.
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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