New York Flight during COVID-19

New York Flight during COVID 19

A New York flight during COVID-19 is different from what you’re used to. COVID-19 tests, face masks and vaccinations; all kinds of new things to keep in mind when you travel to New York now. I’ll explain step by step which rules apply when you fly to New York and what you should take into account if you want to travel to New York during the corona pandemic.

Vaccination Requirements

To enter the United States, you must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to anyone aged 18 years and older. You can provide proof of vaccination digitally or on paper. The certificate must be issued by an official vaccine provider like the National Health Service COVID Pass in the UK. Answers to questions about travelling with children, AstraZeneca, proof of recovery, and more can be found here.

COVID-19 test before departure

Before you get on the plane, everyone 2 years and older must have a negative corona test. This can be a PCR test or antigen test. The test must be taken within 24 hours before departure to New York. You can book your Fit to Fly test here. Everyone 18 years or older must also have proof of vaccination.

Flight and Arrival in New York

Airlines have strict guidelines during the flight. It’s mandatory to wear a face mask throughout the flight. Your mask may only be taken off if you would like to eat or drink something. The aircraft are also cleaned more often and more thoroughly. The arrival at JFK or Newark Airport is not incredibly different from what you’re used to. At the airports, it’s mandatory to wear a face mask, which can only be removed if you have to identify yourself with Immigration.

No Quarantine on Arrival

There are currently no quarantine obligations in the United States. Despite the coronavirus in New York, most attractions are open.

COVID-19 test in New York

If you need to take a corona test in New York, there are dozens of places where you can get tested for free. You will see tents everywhere on the street where you can get tested, like in front of your hotel, in Times Square, next to Grand Central, or at the 9/11 Memorial. Sometimes you will find several test locations per street.

Most test sites offer both PCR and antigen testing. When you arrive at the tent, you scan a QR code, which you use to register. After registering, the test is administered and you will often receive the result within 12 to 24 hours. With an antigen test, you usually get the result within 15 minutes. If you need a test for your return journey and you see a tent near your hotel, ask a few days in advance if they can send you the test results by email, so that you can use this as proof at the airport.

In addition to the street test locations, you can also go to CityMD. This is a doctor’s office with many locations in New York. You can also take a PCR test or an antigen test here. They will send the result of the antigen test by email. For the results of the PCR test, you must return to the location to collect it on paper.

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Back in the UK

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details in a passenger locator form and when you’re back in the UK, it’s mandatory to take a COVID-19 test. You can choose to either take a rapid test or a PCR test. You can take this test directly at the terminal of Heathrow and Gatwick upon arrival. This test is called Day 0-2 PCR Test, which you can book here.

Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Therefore, follow all the rules that apply to you.

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