March 22, 2021- The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has recently updated domestic travel guidelines and restrictions in response to the Governor’s recent announcement. Please see the following updates which include the effective dates of these changes. Academy of the Holy Names will follow these travel guidelines unless directed otherwise by the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH). Though New York State is loosening restrictions, we still encourage you to do your part to keep everyone healthy and to stop the spread of the virus. All travelers must continue to fill out the. See the box at right for a link. Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 or returning from travel must:
- Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
- Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
- Self-isolate immediately if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing
Domestic Travel from March 15 – 31
In most cases, domestic travelers still must complete a traveler health form, pursue testing and/or complete a quarantine upon arriving in New York from a non-contiguous state. The state Department of Health published two new exemptions to this requirement. To qualify for one of these exemptions an individual must be either
- Fully vaccinated, within three months of receiving the final does of the vaccine, and asymptomatic; OR
- An asymptomatic individual who has been diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the past three months and has since recovered. The three-month period begins on either the date of the initial COVID-19 infection or the date of the first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.
The remainder of the travel advisory remains unchanged:
- Domestic travelers from contiguous states (Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) do not need to quarantine.
- Travelers who are in a non-contiguous state for less than 24 hours do not need to quarantine or be tested, but still must fill out the traveler health form, link at right.
- The essential worker exception remains unchanged.
- Finally, those subject to the travel quarantine may test out under the existing rules.
Domestic Travel Effective April 1
Beginning April 1, domestic travelers from a U.S. state or territory coming into New York will no longer be required to quarantine or test upon entry to New York, regardless of vaccination status. Travelers are still encouraged to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return and to complete the traveler health form, link at right.
At this time, there are no changes related to international travel. Travelers are still required to quarantine after international travel.