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Traveling to New York? Better Get a COVID Test First


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Travelers to New York will now need to present a negative COVID-19 test as the state scraps its mandatory 14-day quarantine period in favor of a COVID testing system.

According to USA Today, Gov. Cuomo announced the change on Saturday, revealing experts have suggested the state move to a testing system.

“Given the changing facts, we’re coming up with a new program,” Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters, reports. “And all the experts suggest we shift to a testing system, and that’s what we are going to do.”


If you are traveling to New York from a non-contiguous state, here’s what you need to know:

According to USA Today, all travelers visiting from a non-contiguous state, or a resident returning to New York after being gone for more than 24-hours, must take a COVID test proving they are negative within three days prior to their arrival.

Even after providing a negative COVID test, visitors and returning residents must then quarantine for three days after arriving in New York. On the fourth day, they will be required to take another COVID test. If that test is negative they no longer have to quarantine, but if the test results come back as positive they must fulfill a 14-day quarantine.

The border states of Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont are excluded from the testing requirements.

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