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Travel Guidance

 New York State
Governor Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the  Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The new protocol is effective Wednesday, November 4. 

For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

For general inquires on NYS policy  contact the call the Hotline:  1-888-364-3065 or  Ask a Question.

Stony Brook University
Please share the following requirements with employees, especially those who may be traveling.

For questions related to COVID testing or health monitoring, please contact the Health Information Line at (631) 632-5000 option 1. For HRS Time and Attendance and Leaves contact (631) 632-5000 option 2.

Requests for travel must be pre-approved by the employee’s immediate supervisor, Dean or Vice President, and Provost or Senior Vice President. Faculty, staff, and students must use the pre-approval form located  here.

Travel undertaken without the appropriate pre-approvals will not be reimbursed, and other disciplinary actions may apply.

International travel remains extremely difficult and risky and is not recommended. As of July 1, 2020, CDC has issued a Level 3 travel risk for all international travel and recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel. Those who must travel should follow CDC guidelines at  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-global, which include frequent hand-washing, use of hand sanitizer, avoiding close contact with others, keeping 6 feet of physical distance, wearing a face covering, avoiding travel if you are sick, and to stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after returning. NYS currently requires precautionary quarantine for all travelers returning from China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, or Italy ( https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/travel-large-gatherings-and-quarantines).

See also: Guidance for Travel Reimbursement Related to COVID-19