On Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, travelers from all other states must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.
The new guidelines go into effect Wednesday, November 4th for any traveler to New York State except those in contiguous states. The guidelines below allow for travelers to NY to test out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
- For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
- Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
- The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
- On day 4 of the quarantine, the traveler must 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 in another 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 information form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
Travelers from contiguous states are exempt from these guidelines as are essential employees as defined by NY State rules for essential workers found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
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.