New York State Announces New Testing Protocol for Out-of-State Travelers

November 2, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo updated guidelines for out-of-state travelers. Travelers who have remained out of state for more than 24 hours must now:

  • Obtain a test within three days of departure from that state
  • Upon arrival in New York quarantine for three days
  • On day four of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID-19 test. If both tests come 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 must take a COVID-19 test four days after arrival in New York
  • The traveler does not need to take a COVID-19 test before departing from the other state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York

This updates the 14-day mandatory quarantine for travelers from high-risk areas. Now, all out-of-state travelers (except from the contiguous states) must complete the traveler information form upon arrival in New York State and abide by the above testing rules. GNYHA is in communication with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to clarify travel policies for health care personnel.

Local health departments will validate tests, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing.