Coming to New York? Domestic Travelers No Longer Need To Quarantine
Maybe you have a friend or family member that wants to come visit from another state. There's some good news: New York is no longer requiring domestic travelers to quarantine upon arrival.
Governor Cuomo announced earlier in March that this would happen beginning April 1, but also at the time said that the quarantine requirement would lift for domestic travelers who were fully vaccinated. The updated announcement Thursday doesn't mention a vaccination requirement, but the governor indicated the accelerated rollout, along with sustained declines in virus rates across the state, contributed to his decision.
According to News 10, quarantine is still mandatory for international travel, despite the restrictions being lifted domestically. All travelers will still have to fill out the state’s Traveler Health Form. The previous rule was a mandatory two week quarantine for domestic travelers coming to the state.
Although it is no longer required, guidance from the New York State Department of Health suggests quarantine should still take place as an added precaution.
Despite the change, the state is asking that anyone returning from travel monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days, continue washing their hands and wearing masks, and self-isolate if symptoms develop.
News 10 reports that Albany Airport saw an increase in airport traffic last week as spring break season is here around the country. Recently, they started selling $65 COVID-19 testing kits. The kits are self administered, saliva based tests that get results back in 2-3 days. Philip Calderone, CEO of Albany County Airport Authority hopes spring break travelers will take advantage of it.
“Different states have different testing requirements, so check with where you’re traveling,” Calderone said. “This might be a good opportunity to pick up a test that’s easily administered, fairly inexpensive, and may be covered by insurance.”