With coronavirus infection rates across the country continuing to come in above New York’s rule to require travelers coming into the state to quarantine for 14 days, those travel rules are being modified.

Noel Hendrickson
Noel Hendrickson

Governor Andrew Cuomo says, starting Friday, November 6, people coming in from states that do not share a border with New York will have to have a negative test for COVID-19 no more than three days before they come into the Empire State.

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In a directive outlined October 31 by the Democrat, in order to “test-out” of the quarantine requirement, travelers who where in another state for more than 24 hours must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state, on arrival in New York quarantine for 3 days and then get another COVID test.  If both the pre-entry and post-three-day tests come back negative, the traveler can skip the full 14-day quarantine.

If a traveler was in another state for less than 24 hours, they do not need to test before exiting the other state, do not need to quarantine but DO have to fill out a traveler information form and take a COVID diagnostic test after they get into New York.

The Governor says local health departments will validate the tests if necessary.  Positive tests will result in local health departments issuing isolation orders and launching their contact tracing.

Travel between states that share borders with New York is still unimpeded.

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