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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 11/23/21

New York State has adopted the CDC's "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People" for most businesses and public settings. For specific details, please visit New York Forward.

A note on masks: 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals: The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Effective May 19, 2021, New York has adopted the CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated people, issued May 13, 2021 for most businesses and public settings.  New York State has authorized businesses to continue to require masks for everyone in their establishments. Please be sure to carry a mask as you may be required to wear it at individual venues and businesses and it is required on all forms of public transportation.

  • Unvaccinated individuals: Continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with the new CDC guidance. Consistent with the State's implementation of the recent CDC guidance, masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals, even in settings where the New York Forward guidance has been lifted. 

  • Erie County: As of November 23, any individual 2 years or older entering indoor public spaces in Erie County must wear a mask. This includes but is not limited to bars, restaurants, grocery, and other stores, theaters, barbershops/beauty parlors, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment venues. For more information, please visit this page.

  • Masks should completely cover your nose and mouth. For additional guidance on proper mask wearing, see this guide from the CDC.

“Fully vaccinated” is defined as two or more weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Cities, localities, and private businesses throughout the state may institute additional policies around vaccination and mask wearing that go above and beyond New York State regulations. In New York City, proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is required for indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment. For complete details on what activities are included in these categories, please visit this page.

The New York State Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus offer New York residents and anyone vaccinated in New York State a convenient, free, and secure method of displaying their vaccination through a mobile app or printed pass. To see some of the venues that are accepting the New York State Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus, including Broadway theaters, read this blogpost.

People aged 12 or older residing in the U.S. are currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New York State.

Individual private venues have the ability to add additional guidelines to the state guidelines including mask and vaccination requirements.  


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: Beginning November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be 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 three days of travel prior to boarding.

  • Travel Across Land Borders: Beginning November 8, foreign nationals crossing the land borders with Canada and Mexico or arriving in the United States by passenger ferry will be 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).


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.

For specific guidance, please visit New York Forward


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