Corona Virus: New York Travel Restrictions 2022, Info, And Resources (Update May)

Every country has embraced vaccination, masks, and social distance. NYC hasn’t been left behind. New Yorkers have been advised to take specific measures when in contact with an infected person, including disposable inner gloves and surgical masks. Restricted travel areas have been identified to protect the public from tourists.

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This article will be a resource for those traveling to or from New York City. With information on the virus spread and travel restrictions, it is hoped that the number of deaths due to the Corona Virus is controlled.

NYC Updates

Governor Hochul announced the lifting of mandatory masks from February 2022, two years earlier than scheduled.

It comes in the wake of a report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that indicates that the vaccine is 99.9% effective against infection by the Corona Virus.

Additionally, Hochul announced a long-term strategy for the high-risk population to be implemented via the CDC.

1. Vaccination

This disease has incited panic in NY; however, the vaccine is 99.9% effective and will be introduced to NY in 2021. It is available to high-risk people and those who want to donate blood.

Moreover, in December 2021, there was a mandate for high-risk people to receive the vaccine within 8 to 12 weeks.

COVID-19 vaccination is required for all City employees and private-sector employees, and a booster dose is required within 3 months. You can learn more here about booster shots.

CDC officials urge that every person above the age of 18 yrs should be vaccinated. It will protect the public and save lives.

The various vaccines include;

  • After administering the Moderna vaccine, every person over 18 yrs should get a booster dose after 5 months to ensure that the vaccine remains effective.
  • One must get a booster dose two months after administering a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, while those who received the Pfizer vaccine are required to get a booster dose in six months.

You must follow these instructions to avoid being infected by the Coronavirus.

The centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it enables residents to interact with the respective local government public health departments and public health practitioners.

This collaboration aims to assist the local, state, and federal officials by guiding environmental factors, symptoms and transmission, and other protective measures.

2. Masking

Masks were mandatory for all international passengers of air, rail, and bus originating from Brazil and Argentina.

However, as stated above Governor Hochul announced in Feb2022 the lifting of the ban on mandatory masks. Moreover, he noted that the number of cases of Corona Virus in NY is decreasing.

CDC emphasized social distancing, despite the mask ban being lifted as of February 2022

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated that “The recommendations for social distancing would be lifted when the risk of transmission is negligible when the number of cases in NY declines to zero.”

3. MTA

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) (Formerly New York City Transit Authority) is the public transit system that serves the city of New York, United States.

Indoor train stations and subways, commuter rail, buses, and paratransit vehicles still require masks.

At bus stops and outdoor railway stations and platforms, you are not required to wear masks. When boarding a rail, bus, or paratransit vehicle, you must wear a mask.

MTA also emphasizes that riders must wear masks when using the NYC subway.

In addition to this, MTA has also improved other payment ways in this Covid pandemic, where one can consider using OMNY, their contactless payment system. Learn more here.

4. Broadway

In 2022, Broadway shows are opened back after the pandemic. According to a former CDC director, the transmission of the Corona Virus has been reduced to below the threshold of epidemiologic significance, so it is no longer necessary to close Broadway theaters.

This statement was confirmed by CDC officials, who forwarded a statement that “There has been an overall reduction in cases since November 2021.

“This means there has been no significant increase over time, and the city should be significantly reducing its measures in early 2022, at which point they will cease, “The statement concluded.

As a result, live shows in Broadway theatres were allowed to resume on February 28, 2022.

The following theatres will resume productions;

Aladin, Belasco, Cirque du Soleil, Eugene O’Neill, Fassett Theatre, The Helen Hayes, Minskoff, one can check more on to get updated on the upcoming shows.

New York City Travel Restrictions

In November 2021, NYC opened its travel gates for travelers and residents so that they may enter through the major airports in Boston and Washington DC.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has provided information on the travel restrictions. CDC implies that the travel restrictions are lifted in January 2022 for domestic and international travel.

CDC recommends that all travelers should get tested before traveling.

How to get tested;

  1. This thorough testing website from New York City includes a searchable map of all testing venues across the five boroughs and basic information regarding the examinations.
  2. Once you can find a testing site near you, in the New Yorkers Covid 19 testing page for all the five boroughs
  3. The NYC Health & Hospitals website has information about walk-in testing and places where pre-registration is possible.
  4. Both Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp provide testing services.
  5. Covid testing is available at several pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens.

You should note that these testing processes are only available for domestic travelers.

Furthermore, the CDC recommends that people traveling to and from New York City try not to be in public places too much, making sure that they wear a mask when near an infected person.

For international travels for US Citizens, Nationals Travel to and from the United States, below are some of the things you need to know;

  1. You should have an up-to-date void 19 vaccination before departing to NY. It is the only effective vaccine against Corona Virus
  2. Before visiting, check your location’s COVID-19 status and travel regulations. Each country may have its own set of entry and exit requirements.
  3. Before boarding an aircraft in the United States, you must show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of COVID-19 recovery.
  4. In enclosed places of public transit (including airplanes) and US transit hubs, wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is suggested (including airports).

For Non-US residents, you are considered fully vaccinated for travel to the US only if;

  • 2 weeks after you received a single dose
  • 2 weeks (14 days) following the second dose of a 2-dose series that has been approved
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after receiving the full series of an approved COVID-19 vaccination in a clinical trial

However, the booster dose is not required if you’re traveling internationally. Moreover, CDC will accept combinations of authorized COVID-19 vaccinations when assessing immunization records for travel to the United States.

Land Travels Restrictions

Here is a Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the US at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals external icon.

DHS will extend COVID-19-related land border required qualifications as of Thursday, April 21, 2022. Non-US visitors entering the US through land ports of entry and ferry docks at the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders must be properly vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of immunization upon request.

Non-U.S. passengers traveling for important or non-essential reasons are subject to these restrictions. They do not apply to citizens, LPRs, or nationals of the United States.

All travelers are also required to provide contact information to the airlines to identify and contact infected persons in a medical emergency.

What you need to know for Cruise Ship Travel during COVID-19

  1. Passengers on cruise ships entering or departing the US must present proof of CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination against the Corona Virus.
  2. To be vaccinated against the disease, you will have to visit a CDC-recommended website.
  3. The CDC recommends that you should consult a health care professional to learn more about the topic. For instance, you can ask “What is your opinion on travel restrictions?”
  4. Before you go, look up the color of your cruise ship and the vaccination status categorization. Keep in mind that the ship’s status can change over time, and it may be different by the time you board.
  5. Vaccination status is also a factor in receiving special attention, which is especially important if traveling with other people.
  6. Regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status, do a COVID-19 viral test3-5 days following your cruise trip.

Why should we get vaccinated?

The CDC states, “All travelers are required to show proof of vaccination and submit to testing before travel. While some health professionals and institutions have done the necessary research to confirm that COVID-19 vaccination is safe, no one can say whether there is any risk involved. That risk is unknown, but anyone can become infected with the virus after being exposed. All travelers are strongly encouraged to be immunized against this disease.

What should travelers do before, during, or after traveling?

Before Traveling

It would be best to consider talking to your healthcare worker if you feel your medical conditions need to be assessed before traveling.

During Travel

Ensure you are wearing a well-fitting mask when in the airports or onboard an airplane.

Avoid contact with infected people.

The CDC also advises;

  • If you experience symptoms of infection (watery eyes, eye redness, and sudden blindness), seek medical attention immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap, use hand sanitizers, or use an antiseptic hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • Follow all required recommendations for your destination.
  • If you are unsure about what to do to cope with an infectious disease, call your local health department for guidance.

After Arrival in the US

You might have been exposed during your travel; therefore CDC requires you to do the following;

  1. Self-monitor yourself for Covid 19 symptoms, reporting any symptoms to the CDC.
  2. Quarantine yourself in the house for 5 days.
  3. Contact your healthcare provider
  4. If you are a non-US citizen, you should contact the CDC for advice /info on how to get tested.
  5. CDC recommends that you do the testing at any Covid 19-testing centers.

Resources and Links for NYC Travel restrictions

Other CDC pages with useful information are here:

  • There is a large list of places to contact for more information on starting a case and other information.
  • A list of local health department contacts.
  • Independent testing centers(including hotline numbers) will be available at each port of entry, where travelers are required to submit to testing.
  • CDC guidelines for travelers in an active or high-risk situation.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides comprehensive Coronavirus information, including how to protect yourself and advice on what to do if you become ill and when you can return to social situations after having or having the Coronavirus.
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s website has information regarding the health and safety at airports and train stations in New York City.

NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) encourages travelers to get vaccinated against the virus. The MTA said that this measure would keep passengers safe and prevent the spread of the disease.


NYC has taken steps to help protect its residents by ensuring that travelers entering and leaving the city are vaccinated against the virus.

They also have provided resources and a hotline for reporting medical emergencies. As we all know, travelers need to get vaccinated against this highly infectious disease. Citizens cannot be denied entry into the US because of a vaccine that has been deemed ineffective by many research teams across the world.

Be aware and follow CDC’s instructions very carefully if you are traveling.

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