For individuals and families considering travel, please note that there are updated rules for returning home to New York state on or after April 1. Please note the following:
- Beginning April 1, 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, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
- Restrictions on international travel remain in effect.
- Information provided on the NYS Department of Health (DOH) website has not been updated to reflect the changes made by the Governor so no links are provided with the information below. Families can check for updates on the DOH website if they are traveling or returning from travel.
- The CDC does not recommend travel unless it is essential.
Domestic Travel: To New York from within the U.S. or U.S. territories
- Complete the NYS Traveler Health Form (except for travel from NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT).
- 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.
International Travel: To New York from other countries
- Current CDC guidance requires air passengers traveling to the U.S. from another country to show either documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 3 months or a negative test result from no more than 3 days prior to the day of travel to the airline before boarding the flight. This applies to both U.S. residents and visitors from other countries. (Documentation of vaccination status or antibody test results will not be accepted as proof of COVID status prior to boarding, per CDC guidance.)
- After arrival in the U.S., 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 infection, or are fully vaccinated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am traveling to Florida for spring break. Do I need to quarantine when I return?
A: No, you do not need to quarantine upon return to NYS.
Q. I am fully vaccinated but my children are not. Does this matter if we travel in the United States?
A. Regardless of vaccination status, there is no need to quarantine upon return from travel within the United States.
Q. Do I still need to complete the NYS Traveler Health Form?
A. Yes, this is a requirement for both domestic and international travel. Please look for the link on the NYS DOH website but please be aware that all information on that site has not been updated to reflect changes regarding domestic travel.
Q: Do my children need to be tested upon return to NYS?
A: Only if your child is symptomatic. If your child, or anyone else in your household, is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, do not send your child to school. Complete the daily COVID screening and follow all health and safety protocols. If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s school nurse.
Q: When I look on the NYS website, the travel advisory has not been updated to reflect this new guidance. Is that OK?
A: Governor Cuomo announced the change in the travel advisory program on March 11, 2021. It is anticipated that the NYS DOH website will be updated soon to reflect the new guidance for domestic travel on or after April 1, 2021.
Q: Do I need to complete the NYS Traveler Health Form if I am driving out of state?
A: Yes, all travelers, regardless of means of transportation are required to complete the form.