TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.
“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel without quarantine,” said Murphy. “New Jersey residents should still exercise caution in traveling and follow all public health rules and regulations as the end of the pandemic comes into view.”
“With the protection of COVID-19 vaccines, many New Jerseyans are eager to enjoy trips to visit families and friends they have missed over the past year,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “While traveling, individuals should continue to take COVID-19 precautions – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, physically distancing, and washing hands frequently.”
Given the increased risk of spreading COVID-19 for both residents who travel outside the state and for visitors into the state, New Jersey continues to strongly discourage unvaccinated individuals from engaging in non-essential interstate travel at this time. CDC recommends travel be deferred until individuals are fully vaccinated. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks or more after receipt of a single-dose vaccine.
People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine and persons who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months who are traveling domestically within the U.S. do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before or after travel to New Jersey and do not need to self-quarantine upon return. The CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated persons arriving in the country from abroad be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after return.
Unvaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following CDC) recommendations for unvaccinated people. Below is a summary of Travel Recommendations.
- International travel: negative test result or documentation of recovery required by the CDC to enter U.S. following air travel
- Self-monitor for symptoms during and after travel and self-isolate if symptoms develop
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public
- Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet from others
- Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer
Fully Vaccinated Travelers:
- Get tested three to five days after returning to the United States from international travel, but no quarantine following travel or test before travel (unless required by the destination) needed
- For domestic travel, no quarantine or test before or after travel needed
Travelers Who Have Recovered from COVID-19 in past three months:
- No quarantine or pre- or post-travel test needed
- Defer travel until fully vaccinated
- Before travel, get tested for COVID-19 with a viral test one to three days before the trip
- Get tested three to five days after travel
- Stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if the post-travel test is negative. If not tested after travel, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
CDC Travel Recommendations:
The Department of Health’s updated travel guidance can be viewed here.