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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 09/11/2022


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, please isolate per the CDC guidelines and 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.   

As of September 7, 2022, masks are encouraged, but optional in multiple settings throughout New York State where they were previously required, including on public transportation, in for-hire vehicles, and at airports.

Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination continue to be required in all cities, localities, and private businesses that choose to require them despite the removal of statewide mandates. Please be respectful of the request to show proof of vaccine status or put on a mask properly covering both nose and mouth at an attraction or in a place of business. Visitors to NYC who are interested in finding mask-required venues can find relevant information on the NYC Mask Guide site (note: clicking this link will take you to a separate website created by local residents, these listings are not curated by I LOVE NY).

Businesses and venues that implement a proof of vaccination requirement can accept Excelsior Pass Plus, 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, or 14 days past the last full series dose of other WHO-approved vaccines). Parents and guardians can retrieve and store an Excelsior Pass Plus for children or minors under legal guardianship.    


Excelsior Pass Plus is a secure, digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record that can also be used outside of New York State where SMART Health Cards are accepted. Excelsior Pass Plus does not expire and includes your booster/additional dose. 


As of midnight on June 12, 2022, the United States federal government implemented 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.  

  • 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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