New York COVID-19 Entry Requirements



New York used to be the US epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic back in March 2020, with health facilities being unable to deal with the influx of cases.

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However, New York is on the verge of totally reopening to the outside world following the reduction in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Can you travel to NY during COVID 19?

Yes, you can.

Can you travel to New York during COVID 19?

Yes, one can travel to New York during the COVID-19 period. Based on the fact that New York is subject to US government rules, travel from Brazil, China, the European Schengen Area, India, Iran, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom is, however, not permitted.

Exemptions are available for US citizens, family members or permanent residents. Travel from all other countries is allowed. All air travellers entering the United States are now required to have a negative Covid-19 test result.


New York travel restrictions

  • International travellers must comply with CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes heading to the US.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York from international travel.
  • All unvaccinated international travellers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of the test result.
  • Asymptomatic travellers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine.
  • Symptomatic travellers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.
  • All travellers must complete the Traveler Health Form unless the traveller had left New York for less than 24 hours or is coming to New York from a contiguous state. Contiguous states to New York are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Irrespective of quarantine, all travellers must:

  • Monitor symptoms daily from the 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.
  • Fully vaccinated is defined as being 2 or more weeks after the final dose (e.g., first for Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, second for Pfizer and Moderna) of the vaccine approved by the FDA or authorized by the FDA for emergency use.

Vaccines that are not authorized by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use or approved by the FDA do not satisfy this definition.

  • Recently recovered is defined as 1) recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by meeting the criteria for discontinuation of isolation, 2) within the 3-month period between the date of arrival in New York and either the initial onset of symptoms related to the laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection or, if asymptomatic during the illness, the date of the laboratory-confirmed test, and 3) asymptomatic after travel or new exposure.
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Akesse Sanza

Akesse Sanza is a Ghanaian Travel Blogger, Travel and Tourism Consultant, and Anti-human Trafficking And Safe Migration advocate. Akesse loves everything Travel & Tourism and aims to see every single country in the world.


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