Are there any quarantine restrictions on individuals that travel to NY from another state?
February 10, 2021 – NYSAR has revised the “COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING & TRAVEL ADVISORY QUESTIONNAIRE” to reflect the change from a 14-day quarantine to a 10-day quarantine pursuant to the Department of Health Covid Travel Advisory page which can be found here. To download either a .pdf or .word version of the new form, click here.
Individuals traveling to NY from a non-contiguous state or CDC Level 2 or higher health notice country, will have the ability to “test out” of the mandatory 10 day-quarantine. You can find more information about what countries are level 2 or higher on the CDC website, here. The Governor has eliminated the quarantine list and will apply one rule for all states. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. The guidelines issued by Governor Cuomo permits an individual traveling from a non-contiguous state and subject to the mandatory 10-day quarantine to “test out” pursuant to a specific process.
Licensees should practice recommended health and travel screening of all current or potential clients/customers. In order to assist members, NYSAR has amended the “COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING & TRAVEL ADVISORY QUESTIONNAIRE” to include questions about individuals traveling from a “non-contiguous state” and whether they completed the mandatory 10-day quarantine or “test out” with two negative COVID tests. You can find more information about the new travel advisory on the NYS COVID-19 website, here.
Those individuals that want to “test out” must follow the guidelines. For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:
For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
1. Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
2. The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
3. On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain seek another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
1. 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.
2. However, the traveler must fill out the traveler information form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler information form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.
Those individuals not meeting the requirements set forth in the guidelines will be subject to the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Other questions may be directed to NYSAR’s Legal Hotline, which is available Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm excluding holidays at 518-436-9727.