11.3 COVID-19 Bulletin: New Guidelines for Out-of-State Travelers

In an Executive Order issued over the weekend, Governor Cuomo announced new quarantine mandates for those traveling to New York State, including state residents.

In comparison to the previous restriction which mandated a two week quarantine for those traveling from states experiencing high COVID-19 cases as identified on a fluid list published by the Governor’s office, the new mandate limits the quarantine period upon arrival to three days from any state with the exception of the contiguous states of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Essential workers are also considered except from the new mandate.

What you need to know if traveling:

If you are returning to New York after visiting another state for more than 24 hours, you must take a COVID-19 test within three days of arriving in New York and have proof of your negative test result. Once in NYS, you must quarantine for three days and take another COVID-19 test on the fourth day. If the second test comes back negative, you may then exit quarantine.

If you were in another state for less than 24 hours, you do not need a test prior to leaving the other state and no quarantine is required upon arrival in New York. You are still required to fill out the traveler health form and take a COVID-19 test four days after arriving in New York.

If tests come back positive, the 14-day mandated quarantine is still in effect.