New York Flight during COVID-19
A New York flight during COVID-19 is different from what you’re used to. Corona tests, quarantine, face masks; all kinds of new things to keep in mind when you go 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.
Currently, there is a ban on all overseas travel unless granted an exemption from the Australian government. Traveling to New York is only possible in specific situations.
COVID-19 test before departure
Before boarding the plane, you must possess a negative corona test. This must be taken within 72 hours of arrival in New York. If allowed, it’s useful to use a rapid test, so that you have the test results quickly. Always check with your airline whether a rapid test is valid. You’re not always asked to actually show the test result but you must still possess a negative test.
Flight and Arrival in New York
Most airlines have strict guidelines during the flight. For example, on many flights, some of the seats are unoccupied and it’s mandatory to wear a face mask throughout the flight. This may only be taken off if you would like to eat or drink something. The aircrafts 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 mouth mask, which can only be removed if you have to identify yourself with Immigration. You must also have a New York State Traveler Health Form in your possession. I advise you to fill in this form digitally before leaving home, this is easiest to do on a computer. At the end of the form, make a print screen when this is requested, This print screen you must show at the airport. If you have not already completed the form at home, you can scan a QR code at the airport to do this on your mobile. However, this is less convenient. You have to show the print screen at JFK and Newark before you can leave the airport. All other procedures at immigration and customs are the same as always.
Back in Australia
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, travellers arriving in Australia by air or sea must quarantine in the city which you arrive in for 14 days, even if you plan to travel elsewhere in Australia. It’s possible that you may be tested for COVID-19 in the first 48 hours and then between days 10 to 12 of quarantine. If you refuse testing, you may have to quarantine for an even longer period. Exact testing arrangements depend on states and territories.