In New York, international travelers arriving in the state no longer need to be quarantined, although new guidelines from the Department of Health continue to recommend it.
The change was intended to bring the state in line with travel recommendations issued earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In these guidelines for international and domestic travel, the CDC stated that people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus could travel safely “at low risk to themselves” but should still follow health precautions in public places such as wearing masks. Federal health officials also said they preferred for all people to avoid travel while the threat from the virus remained high in the United States. The CDC also noted the lack of vaccine supplies in other countries and concerns about the possible introduction and spread of new variants of the virus, which are more common overseas.
The CDC is currently requiring all international travelers arriving in the United States to provide evidence of a recent negative test result before boarding their flights. When fully vaccinated Americans travel overseas, they only need to get a coronavirus test or quarantine if the country they are traveling to requires. However, the guidelines state that they must have a negative coronavirus test before returning to the United States and that they should be retested three to five days after they return.
New York health officials said in their guide released on Saturday that they continue to recommend that all international travelers be tested three to five days after they arrive in the state.
They also suggested that unvaccinated travelers should self-quarantine for up to 10 days and avoid those at risk of serious illness from the virus for two weeks.
The new international guidance came after the state also ended its requirement that domestic travelers to New York be quarantined upon arrival. At the time, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo attributed the decision to the pace of vaccinations and the decline in virus numbers across the state, despite the state adding new cases at a higher rate than the whole country.
As of Sunday, the state’s average daily positive test rate for the previous week was 3.27 percent. According to Mr. Cuomo’s office, the number of virus-related hospitalizations was 4,083, the lowest number since December 2.
New York State is adding new virus cases at the fifth highest rate in the country, according to a New York Times database. As of Sunday, the state reported an average of 37 new virus cases per 100,000 residents per day in the past week. The nation as a whole had an average of 21 new cases per 100,000 people.