Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on November 26.
were lifted in June in New York state (including New York City) as 70% of New Yorkers 18 or older had received the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccination series.
Some of the venues of interest to travelers that are part of the requirement include restaurants, nightclubs, concert halls, museums, performing arts theaters, movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, casinos, cabarets, fitness centers, pools and coffee shops with indoor dining.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has endorsed CDC guidance recommending masking indoors, regardless of vaccination status, but has not issued a mask mandate.
What’s on offer
This is the ultimate city break. New York has the greatest city skyline in the world; culture from the Guggenheim to MoMA; spectacular food from Chinese delicacies in Flushing to Italian delights in the Bronx; and the green sweep of Central Park to the busy Lower East Side.
Who can go
But starting Monday, November 29, the United States will restrict travel from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe because of the emerging Omicron variant.
Unvaccinated travelers from abroad are no longer allowed to enter, with very limited exceptions. Among those exceptions are unvaccinated children younger than 18.
All travelers 2 and older entering the United States are also required to have a negative Covid-19 test result taken within three days of departing for the United States.
New York doesn’t have any restrictions on domestic travelers.
What are the restrictions?
New York officials still recommend quarantine for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from Covid-19 during 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 get a viral test within three days before their flight to the US departs and to provide documentation of their lab results or documentation of having recovered from Covid-19.
What’s the Covid situation?
What can visitors expect?
Restaurants, movie theaters and other venues are open — but their indoor spaces are open only to fully vaccinated patrons. Patrons younger than 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccination, will be allowed inside with a face mask requirement except when they are eating and drinking.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, like all NYC museums, requires visitors 12 and older to be vaccinated, and children 2 to 11 must wear a mask. Masks are required indoors at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The subway system continues to operate on a 24-hour basis.
— LaGuardia Airport in the Terminal B parking lot
— John F. Kennedy Airport Terminal 5 Airtrain Station
— Staten Island Ferry Terminal (Level 1, next to the North Shore Esplanade exit)
— Times Square (701 Seventh Avenue between West 47th and West 48th streets)
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Kristina Sgueglia, Marnie Hunter and Forrest Brown have contributed to this report.
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