Travel Outside of New York State Guidelines Updated

Updated: Jan. 8, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New Travel Guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous (share a border) with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. (Essential workers will continue to be exempt. The travel advisory applies to New York state residents who travel out of state as well.)

For any traveler coming to New York from another state, except the contiguous (bordering) states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test (a rapid test is acceptable) within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day four of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test (a rapid test is acceptable). If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • However, the traveler must fill out the traveler form upon entry into New York state, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York. Please note a rapid test is acceptable.

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.

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