New Jersey Keeps 14-day Quarantine Rule for Travelers As New York Shifts to COVID Testing

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Despite New York abandoning its 14-day quarantine COVID-19 protocol for out-of-state travelers earlier this week, neighboring New Jersey will stick to its original travel advisory plan. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that New Jersey will continue its plan that has been in place since June to stop new coronavirus cases from entering the state. The plan initially applied to New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Anyone who travels to New Jersey from a list of certain states is still required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. At the moment, the list includes 40 states and Puerto Rico. Despite meeting the criteria for inclusion on the list, travelers from New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware are exempt from the 14-day quarantine because of their proximity and regularity of crossing state lines. 

Unlike New York’s travel list rules, which could fine anyone caught breaking the rules, New Jersey had no punishment for quarantine breakers and simply asks travelers to take personal responsibility. 

“We’re just asking people if you don’t have to travel, just flat out don’t travel. Period,” Gov. Murphy said in his update to the state this week. 

As the country looks ahead to the holidays, Gov. Murphy announced in a tweet this week that “this won’t be the year for traveling to large family gatherings” and encouraged citizens to keep their gatherings small.  

New York’s new travel plan requires even those with a negative COVID-19 test to quarantine for at least three days after arrival and then take a second test. If those results are also negative, travelers are free to break their quarantine. 

New York is not the only state to abandon its quarantine policy for a pre-travel testing scheme. Other states, like Hawaii and Massachusetts, also allow visitors to sidestep the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they can produce negative COVID-19 results. 

Cailey Rizzo is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure, currently based in Brooklyn. When in a new city, she's usually out to discover under-the-radar art, culture, and secondhand stores. No matter her location, you can find her on Twitter, on Instagram or at caileyrizzo.com.

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