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You will need to quarantine for 10 days unless you've been fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, or USA*, as well as taking a pre-departure test before you arrive in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). When you return to the UK, you can take a test on Day 5 (Test to Release) to leave quarantine early.
*If you were fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, or USA at least 14 days ago, you do not need to quarantine, but still need to take a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and one PCR test on return to the UK (Day 2).

New York Travel Restrictions

Updated:

26

/

07/2021

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Reviewed:

Current

Who can travel to

New York

?

Foreign Nationals, Partners to Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residence Holders,Passengers with pre-approval for entry

Accepted tests for entry

ANTIGEN, PCR, TMA

Test window

3 days

Welcome to New York

New York City — known by many as New York, NYC or The Big Apple — is without a doubt one of the most exciting, diverse and vibrant cities in the world. It has 500 galleries, some 200 museums, over 150 theatres and more than 18,000 restaurants.

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In 1609, Dutch merchants settled on the southern tip of "Manna-hatta" Island, and then the western tip of Long Island (now Brooklyn). Legend has is that, in 1626, a Dutch colonial officer bought the island of "Manna-hatta" from the local natives for goods worth 60 guilders, the old Dutch currency. The settlement was named “Nieuw Amsterdam” and was the capital of the colony of “Nieuw Nederland” — until it was conquered by the British in 1664. 

It was then given the name New York City.

Today, the metropolitan region of New York is one of the most important economic areas and trading centres in the world. It homes the headquarters of many international corporations and organisations such as the United Nations, Bloomberg and HBO.

Size

302 square miles

Population

9 million

Visitors per year

50 million

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New York: The Must See Sights

New York is made up of five boroughs, but the most popular attractions can be found in Manhattan. Here, must-see sights include the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center as well as Central Park

Other visitor favourites include the world’s most famous square: Times Square, which borders Broadway with its many theatres. Although don’t be surprised if you’re overwhelmed by the people, car horns and bright lights!

Manhattan is connected to its neighbouring borough, Brooklyn, by the famous Brooklyn Bridge, possibly the city’s most popular and iconic bridge. If you have the days to spare, consider exploring some of NYC’s other boroughs. You could, for example, escape to Brooklyn with its unique Brownstone buildings, Williamsburg for its cafe culture, or to Staten Island with the famous Statue of Liberty

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United States COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Who can travel to

New York

?

Foreign Nationals, Partners to Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residence Holders,Passengers with pre-approval for entry

Do children need to be tested?

Testing is required, except for children under the age of 2 years old.

Test Requirements

ANTIGEN, PCR, TMA

Test window

3 days

Result format

Print, Digital

Quarantine required and quarantine length

Yes

7 days,Differs for vaccinated travellers, see further information

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Can You Travel To United States?

It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India within the previous 14 days. Those arriving from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need.

US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements. Further details are on the US Embassy Website.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country get a COVID test no more than 3 days before their flight departs and present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorised for emergency use by the World Health Organisation, you should also get a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel. Unvaccinated people should get tested with a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Those who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the last 3 months, should follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers, except you are not required to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel unless you are symptomatic. In addition, everyone should follow all state and local guidelines. More details are on the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Quarantine requirements
For international arrivals, the CDC requires that unvaccinated passengers are tested within 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Passengers fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine do not have to quarantine but need to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival. If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.

Local Measures
Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.

On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.

Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.

A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site.

Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings.

Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.

Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.

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Travelling To United States FAQs

Advice and answers from the Corona Test Centre Team

What do the three colours of the UK’s ‘Traffic Light System’ for travel mean?

  • Red: You must pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test) and two PCR tests upon return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8).
  • Amber: You will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). When you return to the UK,  you can take a test on Day 5 (Test to Release) to leave quarantine early.
  • Green: You will not need to quarantine on return, but you must take a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and a PCR test on return to the UK on Day 2.


How will the government decide which countries go on the green, amber or red lists?

Countries are assigned to the three lists, based on a range of Covid-19 health metrics, which include figures on population vaccination, infection rates and prevalence of variants. The different traffic light colours indicate the risk in each destination and the associated tests and quarantine periods required. Lists are reassessed every three weeks, to account for changes in each country’s COVID-19 situation.

Will I need a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

United States

?

The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For United States, PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted, alternatively you can travel with an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate.

Will I need an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

United States

?

While the PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For United States, PCR Fit to Fly Certificates and Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate can both be used to enter.

Will I need a Day 2 test or Day 2 and 8 when I return to the UK?

United Statesis currently on the amber list, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You will need to quarantine on arrival for 10 days. If you would like the opportunity to leave quarantine early, you can also book a Test to Release test. Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

I’m vaccinated, what tests do I need?

United States is currently on the amber list, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. However, because you have both vaccinations, you can return to the UK and only take a Day 2 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You will not need to quarantine on arrival for 10 days (unless you test positive). Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

Can I enter

United States

with a double vaccination certificate?

United States does not accept vaccination as an entry requirement and so you will need to provide a PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate

What happens if I have visited another country before flying back to the UK from

United States

?

The government advice for passengers travelling from United States is that if you have visited another country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK that is a higher risk than United States, you must follow the travel guidance for the highest risk country you visited.

What else will I need to return to the UK?

For all countries, including United States, you will need to take an Antigen Fit to Fly test before departing for the UK. This can be bought at Corona Test Centre’s to take with you on your travels.

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