Traveling to New York – vaccination, children and testing?

Flying to New York with AstraZeneca and COVID Test

The moment has finally arrived: from the beginning of November, you can travel to New York again. Every day I am asked questions about the vaccine, travelling to New York with children and the COVID-19 test. In this blog, I answer all questions.

Last updated on: December 2nd 2021

From when can you travel to New York?

UPDATE: From the 8th of November, fully vaccinated people can board the plane again and take a trip to New York.

Do children have to be vaccinated?

Children 17 years or younger do not need to be vaccinated to travel to the United States. Anyone 18 years and older does need to be vaccinated.

Do I have to take a COVID-19 test despite being vaccinated?

Yes, anyone above 2 years is required to take a COVID-19 test before travel. COVID-19 test cannot be older than 72 hours before travel.

What if I have recently recovered from COVID-19?

People who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after their infection. If you have had a positive viral test on a sample taken during the past 90 days, you may travel instead with your positive viral test results and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as ‘documentation of recovery’. Remember that you still also need to be fully vaccinated:

When are you fully vaccinated?

According to the United States, you are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, or Sinovac vaccine, after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or after any “mix-and-match” combination.

Do I need a COVID-19 test to fly back?

Air travel in times of COVID-19 looks different. For example, you may have to be tested when you travel back to Australia. This is very easy to do in New York. Read more about flying during COVID-19 here.

How are things in New York?

Many of New York’s residents have been vaccinated. The attractions in New York are open, you can catch a sports game and see a musical on Broadway. Read more about the coronavirus in New York here.

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