New York Now Offering a "Test Out" Option for Travellers

Date: November 03, 2020

It's a way to avoid a 2-week quarantine

New York State Travel Advisory: New Guidelines Effective Nov. 4th

Due to 45 states qualifying for New York’s travel advisory, the Governor and state officials announced new guidelines where travelers can “test-out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Effective Nov. 4th, travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours can take a test on day 4 of their quarantine to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont) are exempt from the travel advisory. There are also exemptions to the travel advisory for essential workers.

The new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are as follows:

Travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours 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 their quarantine, the traveler must obtain 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, the traveler does not need a test before they depart from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State. However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after they arrive in New York.

All out-of-state travelers are still expected to complete the New York State Dept. of Health traveler form upon entering New York.


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