NEW YORK (WBNG) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today new guidelines that will allow some out of state travelers to test out of the mandatory 14 day quarantine when traveling to New York State.
According to Governor Cuomo, travelers to New York who were in another state for more than 24 hours must be tested 3 days before landing in the state and must quarantine for at least 3 days upon their arrival.
Travelers must also get tested on day 4 of their arrival in NYS. If they test negative for the coronavirus, they will not have to continue to quarantine for 14 days as was expected.
Travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours do not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and will not need to quarantine upon arrival.
Travelers in another state for less than 24 hours will need to fill out a traveler information form upon entry to NYS and take a COVID test 4 days after their arrival.
Governor Cuomo says travelers to New York from bordering states are exempt from the advisory, as well as essential workers.
Officials say local health departments will validate the tests and will issue isolation orders if necessary.
All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler information form upon arrival to NYS to allow the state to continue contact tracing efforts.
The new protocol will take effect Wednesday, November 4th.