NY, NJ and CT quarantine protocols for out-of-state travelers

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Updated: December 28, 2020

NY New Quarantine Protocol Effective Wednesday, November 4

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to international travelers coming from any CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Health Notice country. The new protocol is effective Wednesday, November 4.

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 or level 3 country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.

  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.

  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.

  • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

Is the Quarantine Being Enforced? Is There a Fine for Non-Compliance?

A travel enforcement operation will commence at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state's travel restrictions. As part of the enforcement operation, enforcement teams will be stationed at airports statewide to meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed to passengers by airlines prior to, and upon boarding or disembarking flights to New York State.

All out-of-state travelers must complete the form upon entering New York. Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $10,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine. Travelers coming to New York through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the form online. CLICK HERE to fill out the form you are required to complete prior to entry into New York.

The NJ travel advisory is no longer specific to certain states

Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:

  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.

  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.

  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected.

Anyone who travels to New Jersey from a state/territory outside the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) complete a voluntary online survey to provide information about where you are traveling from and your destination.

Please note that this advisory does not apply to individuals:

  • Who are returning to New Jersey after traveling outside of the state for less than 24 hours or those traveling to New Jersey for less than 24 hours - Even where travel is less than 24 hours, however, individuals are still discouraged from engaging in non-essential travel to other states to the extent possible.

  • Who are in transit through the state to another destination, provided that the time spent in the state is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.

The CT travel advisory is no longer specific to certain states - Executive Order No. 9S

An Affected Traveler is a person entering into Connecticut after spending 24 hours or longer in one of the Affected States or Affected Countries within 10 days prior to arriving in Connecticut and who is staying in Connecticut for 24 hours or longer. To control the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut, all Affected Travelers are required to (1) complete the “Connecticut Travel Health Form” and (2) self-quarantine for a period of 10 days from the time of last contact with an Affected State or Affected Country, for any portion of such 10-day period they spend in Connecticut, or for the duration of such travelers’ stay in Connecticut, whichever is shorter, unless a traveler qualifies for an exemption from the requirement to self-quarantine.

An Affected State is a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, and an Affected Country is a country other than the United States. CLICK HERE to fill out the Connecticut Travel Health Form.

Is the Quarantine Being Enforced? Is There a Fine for Non-Compliance?

Failure to self-quarantine or to complete the Travel Health Form may result in a civil penalty of $500 for each violation.

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