Coronavirus in New York

Coronavirus in New York

This page contains up-to-date information about the coronavirus in New York, also known as COVID-19. Currently, there is a travel ban to New York for Canadians. To help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Canada and the U.S. agreed to close their shared land border to non-essential traffic. There’s no end date for this ban known yet. This page is updated daily, so as soon as this situation changes, you’ll read it here. Which sights in New York are open and what are the possible adjustments? Below you find an overview of the current situation in New York.

Current status COVID-19 in New York (last updated on: April 20, 2021)

The vaccination process in New York is well underway. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all New York residents of 16 years and older. As of April 10th, 2021 asymptomatic travellers entering New York from another country are no longer required to quarantine and get tested after arrival, although quarantine is still recommended for all travellers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. The travel ban to New York from Canada is still in place, but people who are allowed to travel now don’t need to quarantine anymore and don’t have to get tested again in New York. In order to board airplanes heading to the US, a negative test is still needed.

Up to date information
General rules
Face masksRequired in public when unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance. Required at all times when riding public transportation.
Vaccination requiredNo
Major attractions
Empire State BuildingOpen daily from 13:00 to 22:00. Timed reservation required, also with a discount pass.
Top of the RockOpen daily from 13:00 to 21:00.
One World ObservatoryOpen Saturdays and Sundays and some extra days.
Edge Observation DeckOpen daily from 10:00 to 22:00.
Statue of LibertyOpen. Outside areas and museum open.
Ellis IslandOpen
The VesselClosed
Central ParkOpen
Governors IslandOpen. Timed-entry ticket required.
Bike rentals and toursOpen. Tours in small groups, mouth masks required.
High Line ParkOpen. Timed-entry ticket required.
Circle Line CruisesOpen
Grand Central TerminalOpen
9/11 MemorialOpen daily from 10:00 to 17:00, designated entrance and exit locations.
Zoos & New York AquariumOpen
Madame TussaudsOpen 11:00 to 17:00
Hop-on Hop-off Buses
Big BusOnly Uptown and Downtown loops, running as a continuous circuit
Major Museums
The MetOpen
American Museum of Natural HistoryOpen
9/11 MuseumOpen
NBA (New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets)Limited capacity and regulations in place. Negative COVID test required.
MLB (New York Yankees, New York Mets)Limited capacity and regulations in place. Negative COVID test required.
NHL (New York Rangers)Limited capacity and regulations in place. Negative COVID test required.
BroadwayReopening in Sep
New York City Ballet20-21 season cancelled
The Metropolitan Opera20-21 season cancelled
Public transportationRegular schedule, subway closed for cleaning between 2:00 and 4:00
Woodbury CommonOpen
Empire OutletsOpen
RestaurantsOutdoor dining allowed. Indoor dining with 50% capacity. Possible surcharge of up to 10% as a recovery support measure.


Cancelling New York trip because of coronavirus

If you are travelling during the travel ban period and your trip has been cancelled due to the coronavirus travel ban, you must rebook your flight and hotel. If you have booked discount passes, shows, or tours, you can contact the provider for their cancellation policy.

If you’re planning to book a trip to New York during COVID-19 but are unsure if the trip can actually take place, I recommend that you include some securities. For example, when purchasing the discount passes Sightseeing Flex and Sightseeing Day Pass, you can add cancellation insurance for a small percentage of the order amount. You can then cancel the passes free of charge. When purchasing Broadway tickets through my site you can opt for flex tickets. This allows you to cancel or rebook free of charge up to ten days before the show. To avoid public transport you can take a taxi service from and to JFK, Newark, and LGA airport. Reserve your transfer to New York in advance, to make sure that your preferred transfer is booked. For the most up-to-date information about your flights to and from New York, it is best to contact your airline.

More information about coronavirus in New York

If you are in New York and you have questions about the coronavirus, call 311 from a landline. This is the general information number for the city of New York. Do you feel sick or are you worried about certain symptoms? Then contact a local doctor. Your hotel can help you with this.

Do I need to get a corona test for New York?

Check with your airline for the latest regulations about testing for your flight and trip to New York.

Can I visit attractions in New York during COVID-19?

Yes, you can! Check the up to date overview here of open attractions during the coronavirus in New York pandemic.

Am I insured if I get corona in New York?

Check the conditions of your travel and/or medical insurance before you go to see what's covered when you get corona in New York.

Do I need to quarantine during or after my New York trip?

Check with your airline if there are any quarantine regulations for New York at this moment. See the up to date coronavirus in New York information here for all info about COVID-19 in NYC.
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