Traveling to New York – vaccination, children and testing?

Flying to New York with AstraZeneca and COVID Test

Now that vaccinated people 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: May 27th 2022

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, Novavax, or Sinovac vaccine, after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or after any “mix-and-match” combination.

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.

IN New York, proof of vaccination is no longer necessary.

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

Yes, everyone above 2 years is required to take a COVID-19 test before travel. This can be PCR or antigen. COVID-19 test cannot be older than one day before travel.

What if I have recently recovered from COVID-19?

First my (Eric) personal experience, after helping thousands of travellers in the last few months and my own travels after recovering from COVID-19: if you have recovered from COVID-19 more than 10 days ago, there’s a very minimal chance that an antigen test will still give you a positive result. In my experience taking the test the day before travel is much easier than providing the necessary documentation of recovery, which is often very confusing and gives room for a different interpretation.

Officially, people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, are allowed to travel with proof of recovery. This consists of your positive viral test result 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 need to be also fully vaccinated.

Your positive viral test result needs to be valid for international travel, including information on the test type, issuer, sample collection date, and your personal details. You need to show your documentation before boarding a flight to the USA and this may also be requested at the airport.

If you’re still unsure about the proof of recovery and you don’t want to get tested one day prior to your flight, please check with your airline before travel.

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

Travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within three days of departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure, plus a Digital Passenger Declaration. This is very easy to do in New York. Read more about testing for COVID-19 in New York here. Alternatively, if you have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 30 days, a certificate of recovery may be used instead of a test.

What if I test positive in New York?

If you test COVID-19 positive in New York, you can contact me at [email protected], and I will guide you through all the steps.

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.

From when can you travel to New York?

From the 8th of November 2021, fully vaccinated people can board the plane again and take a trip to New York.

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