April 13. On Saturday, New York state announced that it was lifting its COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for inbound international travelers, according to USA Today reports. This move arrives on the heels of another policy change, which ended New York’s quarantine mandate on visitors arriving from other U.S. states and territories as of April 1.
Vaccination campaigns across all U.S. states have thus far been successful in bringing down nationwide infection rates, prompting New York and various other states to begin loosening former travel restrictions. But, just because cautionary measures are no longer obligatory and enforced by the state should not be taken to mean travelers shouldn’t still adhere to the precautions recommended by both the CDC and the New York Department of Health.
Unvaccinated domestic travelers (those who’ve not already tested positive and recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days) are recommended to get tested between three and five days after their arrival in New York and consider self-quarantine. Residents and visitors alike are expected to continue COVID-19 safety practices, including the use of face masks in public, social distancing and frequent hand-washing.
It’s also important to remember that all international travelers seeking to enter the United States must comply with CDC requirements that they provide proof of negative results from a COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of travel, or that they’ve been diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
Source: Travel Pulse