New York is dropping quarantine requirements for residents, and for many visitors, in a sign that some form of normalcy may not be quite as far off the horizon as many still insist. Despite being one of the most cautious states, with the most intensive rules for self isolation, the majority of those restrictions will drop in just a matter of weeks.

New York’s Quarantine Changes

Starting April 1st, domestic travelers visiting New York will not be required to quarantine upon arrival into the state, and residents won’t be required to quarantine upon return from a domestic trip, either. The news was confirmed by New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and a resource highlighting details of the news has arrived.

Quarantine requirements sadly will still apply for all international arrivals, and will be expected to self isolate for either 4 days followed by a negative covid-19 test, or 10 days of full isolation without a covid-19 test.


Whether you’re arriving or returning domestically or internationally, you’ll still need to fill out the New York State traveler health form, and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

As part of that transition, quarantine for domestic travelers is no longer required, but it is still being advised as an added precaution. This is great news, but it is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down. To beat this virus once and for all we all must continue doing what we know works to stop the spread, including wearing masks, washing our hands and practicing social distancing.”

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
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Great For Domestic USA Travel

That trip to LA is a go, again! So is just about anywhere else in the United States, even Hawaii and other exotic locales. If it’s domestic, there’s no quarantine required when coming or going.

With expectations that the United States will have more supply of vaccine than demand by May, many are anticipating a roaring return of domestic travel, as travelers take baby-steps in their road to exploring the world once again. International travel remains a question mark, with ever changing entry restrictions and varying levels of openness, even among nearby regions.

For New Yorkers hoping to explore the rest of the country, and the rest of the country hoping to explore New York, this is very welcomed news. Quarantines make short trips all but impossible, and being able to explore freely once again, without committing to a minimum of 5 days of isolation will change summer plans dramatically.

Bring on more good news, right?

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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