Travel to New York State
Effective midnight June 24th, any person traveling to New York State must self-quarantine if they are arriving from a state, territory, or district with:
- A positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, OR
- A 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average
Travelers, including New York State residents, who have visited any of these designated states or territories are required to complete the New York State Traveler Health Form and quarantine for a period of 14 days upon entering New York City.
Failure to quarantine is a violation of State law, and individuals who fail to quarantine are subject to a $10,000 fine. Individuals who refuse to fill out the New York State Department of Health travel form are subject to a $2,000 fine.
Identified states, territories, and districts are:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Exception to the travel advisory is permitted for essential workers and is based on how long they were in the identified states, territories, and districts and how long they will be in New York.
The City has COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints at key entry points into New York City to ensure compliance with New York State quarantine orders and continue to contain COVID-19. The New York City Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, will operate traveler registration checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings into New York City. Checkpoint locations may change on a daily basis.
When a vehicle is stopped at a checkpoint, the driver and passengers will be asked where they are traveling from and how long they were in that location. If you are traveling from an identified state, you will be informed of the 14-day quarantine requirements and instructed to complete an online New York State Health Department Travel Form as soon as possible. Travelers can expect to spend less than 5 minutes at the checkpoint. If you have already completed the travel form and can show the email confirmation that you have done so, you will be dismissed from the checkpoint faster.
Starting Thursday, August 6, the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit will begin outreach at Penn Station to educate incoming passengers, from states with high COVID-19 transmission rates, about New York State home-quarantine orders.
Hotels or Short-Term Rentals
Starting Friday, August 21, anyone who has visited a restricted state or territory within the last 14 days is required to complete the New York State Traveler Health Form before checking into a hotel, motel, inn, or a short-term rental in New York City.
If you have already filled out the form, you may show proof, such as a screenshot of the certification page of a completed form.
You will not be allowed access to a room until you have completed the form electronically or on paper.
Learn more about the travel advisory.
Complete the New York State Traveler Health Form.
Learn more about mandatory traveler health form completion at hotels and short-term rentals.
You can report people who are not complying with self-quarantine traveling guidelines by phone.
Travel to Other States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise residents to be mindful of domestic travel. If you decide to travel for non-essential tasks, try to protect yourself and others by following proper health and social distancing guidelines.
Learn more about how to plan for domestic travel.
Travel to the U.S. or Other Countries
The Department of State advises United States citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time due to the global impact of coronavirus.
As of March 11, foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries are restricted from traveling to the United States. This does not apply to United States citizens or legal permanent residents.
Learn more about international travel restrictions and advisories.