New York State Lifts Mandatory Segregation Requirements for International Travelers

The New York State Department has announced that it will no longer mandate autonomous quarantine or testing for international travelers arriving in New York as of April 10. Pictured is New York JFK International Airport.

The New York State Department of Health issued new guidelines on April 10, starting April 10, New York State will no longer require international travelers arriving in New York to undergo independent quarantine or testing (no longer required to test or quarantine); previously, from April 1, New York State had eliminated the quarantine requirement for domestic travelers entering New York.

The New York State Department’s rule is consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidelines updated earlier this month. However, New York State still recommends that international travelers delay travel until after vaccinations are completed; international travelers must comply with the CDC’s requirements, including providing proof of a negative test within 72 hours prior to boarding and completing a Traveler Health Form upon arrival in New York.

International Travelers

The New York State Department has announced that for international travelers: all unvaccinated international/domestic travelers who have not recovered from an infectious condition in the past 3 months are “recommended” to be tested within 3 to 5 days of arrival in New York, and regardless of the test result, should be considered for non-mandatory voluntary quarantine and avoid contact with persons at higher risk of infection for a period of 2 weeks.

Simply put, both vaccinated and unvaccinated international travelers are encouraged to be tested within 3 to 5 days of arrival in New York, while unvaccinated international travelers are recommended to undergo independent quarantine.

The state also recommends that unvaccinated international/domestic travelers be autonomously quarantined for 10 days upon arrival in New York, although this is no longer mandatory; for the definition of completed vaccination, 2 weeks (14 days) after the last dose of vaccine for the population will count. Two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are required.

The state requires that travelers, whether or not they need to be quarantined, must: (1) continue to observe their bodies for signs of relevant illnesses for 14 days after arrival in New York; (2) comply with all vaccination precautions, including wearing masks and washing hands, for 14 days, even if they have completed vaccination; and (3) immediately quarantine and notify the local health department or medical facility if they develop symptoms of infection to confirm whether they should testing should be conducted.

All international/domestic travelers are still required to complete a state-mandated contact information form, with the only exceptions to this rule being those who leave New York State for less than 24 hours or return to New York from neighboring Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont (Vermont).