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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 01/10/22


Most business capacity restrictions have been removed in New York. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions and amenities are open and available.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while you’re in New York, call the following numbers for information and assistance:
1-888-364-3065 (All of New York State)
1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) (New York City only)


Getting a COVID-19 vaccine and wearing a well-fitting face mask completely covering your nose and mouth can help keep you and the communities you are visiting safe.  

Please be sure to carry a mask as all people ages 2 and up are required to wear masks in the following circumstances:

  • Any time you’re on public transit, including planes, trains, buses, ferries, taxis, and rideshares or in a public transportation hub such as an airport, train station, or bus terminal 

  • In all indoor venues statewide, unless that venue implements a vaccine requirement and chooses not to also require mask wearing for fully vaccinated visitors

  • In all indoor public spaces in Erie County (as of November 23), even if the venue has a vaccine requirement

  • In all private businesses that choose to require masks in their area or venue regardless of vaccination status

  • Children 2 - 5 who remain ineligible for vaccination must wear a proper-fitting mask

New York State and the State's Department of Health continue to strongly recommend mask-wearing in all public indoor settings as an added layer of protection, even when not required. 

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry to indoor venues in the following circumstances:

  • All of New York State: in all private businesses that choose to require proof of vaccination status 

  • New York City: in addition to the statewide requirement, proof of vaccination is required for all public indoor activities as follows:

    • All people 12 and older participating in public indoor activities are required to show proof they have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    • Children ages 5 to 11 are required to have proof of one dose of a vaccine.

    • For complete details on what indoor activities New York City vaccine requirements apply to, please visit the “Key to NYC” page.

Cities, localities, and private businesses throughout the state may institute additional policies around vaccination, boosters, and mask-wearing that go above and beyond New York State regulations.

Businesses and venues that implement a proof of vaccination requirement can accept Excelsior Pass, Excelsior Pass, SMART Health Cards issued outside of New York State, or a CDC Vaccination Card. In accordance with CDC's definition of fully vaccinated, full-course vaccination is defined as 14 days past an individual's last vaccination dose in their initial vaccine series (14 days past the second shot of a two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine; 14 days past the one-shot Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine). The State also accepts WHO-approved vaccines for these purposes. Parents and guardians can retrieve and store an Excelsior Pass and/or Excelsior Pass Plus for children or minors under legal guardianship.    


Currently, the United States is imposing travel restrictions on certain foreign national travelers in an effort to slow the introduction of the new Omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. Please check the CDC’s website for further guidance.

As of November 8, the United States federal government is implementing the following guidelines for all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States:

  • Travel by Air: Foreign national air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of travel prior to boarding.

  • Travel Across Land Borders: Foreign nationals crossing the land borders with Canada and Mexico or arriving in the United States by passenger ferry are required to be fully vaccinated. These travelers are required to be prepared to attest to vaccination status and to present proof of vaccination to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer upon request. 

For more information on requirements for international visitors, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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