New York, one of the first states in the U.S. to implement travel restrictions on domestic visitors last spring, took another step toward relaxing its COVID-19 policies Wednesday by lifting the quarantine and COVID-19 testing restrictions on people who have been vaccinated within 90 days of their second inoculation.
“Domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine or test out within 90 days of full vaccination,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a COVID-19 briefing. Beyond the 90 days, travelers would still have to quarantine and test out.
International travelers must continue to quarantine for 10 days, he said. People who have not been vaccinated or who have not completed their shots must also continue under the existing guidelines.
People arriving in the U.S. from overseas by air must also present a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel, a rule introduced shortly after President Biden took office in January.
Up until Wednesday, travelers who left New York or neighboring states for more than 24 hours were required to present a negative test taken within three days of arrival and quarantine for three days. Travelers could then test out on Day 4 by testing negative a second time.
It’s unclear whether vaccinated travelers will be able to skip filling out the required contact-tracing form upon arrival in New York, which asks for the names of people traveling with them, phone numbers and email addresses where they can be contacted and to list any high-risk countries or states they’ve recently been to.
The travel restriction update came the same day the state announced it would relax limits on private gatherings as well as capacity at smaller entertainment and sports venues.
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