Travel to New York during Covid-19: What you need to know


Editor’s note – Coronavirus cases remain high around the world. Health officials warn that travel increases your chances of contracting and spreading the virus. Staying at home is the best way to contain transmission. Below is information on what to know if you’re still planning to travel, last updated on December 25.

(CNN) – If you are planning to travel to New York City, here is what you need to know and expect if you are planning to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The last news

• The New Years celebration in Times Square will be “reduced”, with fewer revelers and everyone will have to wear a mask, the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday, December 23. Find out more here.
• The Christmas Spectacular show featuring the Radio City Rockettes has been canceled for the remainder of the season due to “growing challenges from the pandemic,” according to a statement on Friday, December 17, on the show’s website. . All tickets for the affected dates will be refunded at the point of purchase, the statement said.
• On December 24, the Biden administration announced it would lift the travel ban in eight southern African countries at 12:01 am on December 31 (see more below).

The basics

As of December 6, all inbound international travelers aged 2 and over must be tested within one day of leaving for the United States, regardless of their immunization status. It does not affect domestic travel.

A “Key to NYC” vaccination requirement went into effect in August. It requires proof of vaccination for customers and employees of the city’s indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues.

Some of the places of interest to travelers that are part of the requirement include restaurants, nightclubs, concert halls, museums, performing arts and cinemas, cabarets, fitness centers, swimming pools and cafes with indoor dining.

What’s on offer

This is the ultimate city break. New York has the world’s largest urban skyline; Guggenheim culture at MoMA; spectacular food, from Chinese specialties in Flushing to Italian delicacies in the Bronx; and the green expanses of Central Park to the bustling Lower East Side.

Who can go

Citizens of these countries or foreign travelers who have visited one of them in the last 14 days cannot enter the United States, but United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who have stayed in these countries countries can still enter. This ban ends on December 31.

Unvaccinated travelers from overseas are no longer permitted to enter the United States, with a few exceptions. These exceptions include unvaccinated children under the age of 18.

New York has no restrictions on domestic travelers.

What are the restrictions?

New York authorities still recommend quarantine for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or who have not recovered from Covid-19 in the previous three months. Testing three to five days after arriving in New York is also recommended for these travelers.

Every air traveler entering the United States needs a negative Covid-19 test result. Passengers are required to take a viral test the day before their flight departs to the United States and provide documentation of their lab results or documentation of their recovery from Covid-19.

What is the situation of the Covid?

As of December 25, more than 35,150 total confirmed and probable deaths and an estimated 1.3 million total confirmed or probable cases have been recorded. There has been a test positivity rate of approximately 7.5% over the past 28 days. This rate has increased significantly from last week, when it was 4.1%.

With the escalation of the Omicron variant, long waits for Covid-19 testing were reported just ahead of the Christmas travel rush.

What can visitors expect?

The “Key to NYC” mandate has been in effect since September 13 and is further strengthened.

Restaurants, cinemas and other places are open. But since December 15, their indoor spaces have only been open to vaccinated clients aged 5 and over who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

And from December 27, the website says that “People 12 and older participating in indoor public activities will be required to prove that they have received two doses of the vaccine, except those who have received the single dose. of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine “.

As of January 29, 2022, children aged 5 to 11 must also show full proof of vaccination.

By order of Governor Kathy Hochul, masks must now be worn in all indoor public places throughout New York State, unless companies or sites implement a vaccine requirement through Jan. 15 to less.
Some Broadway shows have been canceled (see above). For those still open, you must be vaccinated to attend a show, and masks are mandatory except for eating and drinking.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art requires visitors 5 years of age and older to show proof of at least one dose of an accepted vaccine. Capacity is limited and restaurants are closed. “From December 27, visitors 12 and older must prove that they have received two doses of an accepted two-dose serial vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” the museum’s website says.

The metro continues to operate 24 hours a day.

– LaGuardia Airport, in the Terminal B parking lot
– John F. Kennedy International Airport, at the departures level of Terminal 1, row H area; Terminal 4, arrivals level, first floor; and at the Terminal 5 AirTrain stop
– Staten Island Ferry, St. George Terminal on Staten Island (next to the North Shore Esplanade exit)
– Times Square (701 Seventh Avenue between West 47th and West 48th Street)

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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Kristina Sgueglia, Marnie Hunter, and Forrest Brown contributed to this report.


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