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NYS COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
Earlier this month, New York State amended its rules regarding travel outside of New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Should families elect to travel outside of New York State for the upcoming holidays or at any time, individuals may have to be tested for COVID-19 and/or face quarantine for up to 14 days upon their return. Please see the changes below and consider them when making travel plans this holiday season. Please click here for the announcement from Governor Cuomo’s office.

Updated NYS Travel Rules
Travel to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania or Vermont (the five contiguous states):

Individuals traveling to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania or Vermont (the five contiguous states) for any length of time, will not be required to quarantine for any duration of time upon their return to New York. In addition, individuals are not required to be tested for COVID-19 while traveling in the five contiguous states or after returning to New York. However, the Governor and the State Department of Health strongly discourage non-essential travel to any of the five contiguous states.

Travel to Any State (other than one of the five contiguous states) for more than 24 hours:
Individuals who travel outside of New York State for 24 hours or more to any other state (other than the five contiguous states) shall be required to quarantine for 14-calendar days upon returning to New York State. However, individuals who follow the following testing protocols may be released early from the 14-calendar day quarantine period:

  • An individual must be tested for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours prior to returning to New York State; and
  • Upon return to New York State an individual must quarantine for three calendar days; and
  • An individual must be tested for COVID-19 on the fourth day after returning to New York State.

If both COVID-19 tests are negative, the new rules permit the individual to be released from quarantine and return to work/school immediately without having to quarantine for the remainder of the 14-calendar day period. If either test is positive, the individual must quarantine for such period as the Department of Health requires.

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. For general inquiries, please contact the NYS Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

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