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NYS issues new travel guidance; NYSAR Travel Advisory Questionnaire Updated

On April 1, 2021, the NYS Department of Health published new guidance removing the quarantine requirement for individuals traveling to New York from a U.S. state or territory.  NYSAR has updated the “COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING & TRAVEL ADVISORY QUESTIONNAIRE” to reflect the new guidance.  The new form can be found by clicking here.

Below, please find the new guidance provide by the NYSDOH:

Updated Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State: Quarantine and Testing No Longer Required for Travel to New York from Another US State or US Territory 

As of April 1, 2021, asymptomatic domestic travelers arriving in New York State from other U.S. states and territories are not required to test or quarantine. Domestic travelers do not need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 within the previous 3 months.

However, while not required, quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations for international travel, is still recommended for all other asymptomatic domestic travelers for either 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel or 10 days without a test.

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.

Irrespective of quarantine, all travelers must:
• Monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York through day 14;
• Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated); and
• 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.

Travelers from Canada, crossing at land borders subject to the agreement between the governments of the United States and Canada, are permitted to travel in accordance with said federal agreement and need not quarantine solely due to such federally authorized travel.

Travel to New York From Other Countries 

Current CDC guidance requires air passengers traveling to the U.S. from another country show either documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within in the previous 3 months or a negative test result from no more than 3 days prior to 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.

For more information on acceptable documentation visit “Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC.” The CDC is providing limited exemptions for flight crews and other extraordinary circumstances.

Compliance with CDC guidance for international travel is required in New York State for all travelers arriving or passing through New York from other countries (e.g., connecting flights), including healthcare workers and essential workers.

For more information please see the NYSDOH Travel Advisory page here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.