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COVID Update – Traveling

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, please be advised that a new travel advisory, and new mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 test requirements, are in effect as of November 4, 2020. The only exception is for travel to states that border New York State, including Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.


Different length of quarantine requirements may apply depending upon the length of any travel, and whether and when the traveler completes a COVID-19 test. Below are links of:


·        NYS DOH Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State Following Out of State Travel, November 3, 2020, also available at:; and

·        NYS Traveler Health Form, also available at: files/documents/2020/11/covid-19_travel_form.pdf


There are substantial monetary penalties for violations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and diligence to help keep us all safe and healthy. If you have any questions regarding your obligations specific to return from out-of-state travel, please contact the Columbia County Department of Health at (518) 828-3358 or via their website –