New York to Use National Guard to Enforce Covid-19 Testing Regulations at Airports

By Kurt Stolz on 22 November 2020
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The doors to the baggage claim area at LaGuardia Airport: “Welcome to New York”

Travelers arriving at New York-area airports, already required to have a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before arriving in the state, will be greeted by members of the National Guard upon landing.

Passengers arriving at New York airports will be required to provide evidence of a negative test upon landing.  The National Guard is assisting with the verification efforts as will New York City’s Police Department.

“You should not land if you do not have proof of a negative test upon landing,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo at a telebriefing on the policy on Friday.  “I want people to know we’re serious,” he added.

New York, which has one of the lowest coronavirus test positivity rates in the nation – only Vermont and Hawaii have a lower rate – enacted a new policy at the start of November, replacing a travel advisory list with the requirement for virtually all travelers, regardless of travel modality, to be required to have a negative test within 72 hours of arrival.  All travelers must nonetheless quarantine for the first three days of their visit and then take a second test.  If the second test is also negative, they do not have to quarantine any further.

New York State residents who are out of the state for fewer than 24 hours are exempt from the initial test requirement.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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