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New COVID Travel Guidelines Released

Empire State Chapter Members:
Please be advised that New York State has once again changed their travel guidelines. New York will no longer maintain its weekly list of “naughty” states but instead will require all travelers to get tested. Here’s what you need to know:

The new protocol is effective Wednesday, November 4

Essential workers will continue to be exempt

  • For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:
  • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
  • Travelers 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 comes 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 prior to their departure 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 their arrival in New York

Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well.

  • These new guidelines ONLY APPLY if you want to opt of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. If you’re willing to quarantine, no testing is required.
Travelers will be monitored by their local Department of Health and if needed they will reach out to other regions of the state and country to ensure proper tracing is in place.
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