New York Flight during COVID-19
A New York flight during COVID-19 is different from what you’re used to. Corona tests, face masks, and vaccinations; all kinds of things to keep in mind when you go to New York. 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.
Last updated on: February 9, 2023
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. The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is available across Canada, though your province or territory may call it by a different name. For instance, it’s also referred to as the ‘pan-Canadian’, ‘standardized’ or ‘travel’ proof of vaccination.
In the USA, there is no validity period for the COVID-19 vaccination, so your proof of vaccination does not expire. If you have received two vaccine doses (1 dose with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), you are considered to be fully vaccinated. Answers to questions about travelling with children, vaccines like AstraZeneca, and more can be found here.
No COVID-19 test before departure
It is no longer necessary to show a negative test result before departure to New York.
No Quarantine on Arrival
There are currently no quarantine obligations in the United States. Despite the coronavirus, New York’s attractions are open.
Flight and Arrival in New York
Airlines have some COVID-related guidelines during the flight. It’s recommended to wear a face mask throughout the flight. 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 and wearing a face mask at the airport is optional.
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 against payment. 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 you need to pay for the test and 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.
Back in Canada
As of October 1st 2022, travelers no longer need to use ArriveCAN or show proof of vaccination when traveling back to Canada.