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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 10-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 10-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, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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, which include frequent hand-washing, use of hand sanitizer, avoiding close contact with others, keeping six feet of physical distance, wearing a face covering, avoiding travel if you are sick, and staying home and monitoring your health for 10 days after returning. 

Since March 2020, New York State has required a mandatory quarantine for any traveler entering New York from a Level 2 or Level 3 country  –  that's all but 31 countries around the globe. The current list of countries/territories NOT subject to the Governor’s executive order is continuously updated on the NYS International Site.

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