Domestic or International Travel and Quarantine 

Pratt requires all students, faculty, and staff who have traveled domestically or internationally to take personal responsibility for being in compliance with the NYS Travel Advisory and in the best interest of public health and safety.

As per the NYS Department of Health, asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. 

You are required to fill out the NYS travel health form and monitor symptoms. These actions are consistent with the CDC recommendations, and are still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. 

Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department, Pratt Health Services or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.

Irrespective of quarantine, all travelers must:

  • Monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York through day 14;

  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated); and

  • Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

All unvaccinated domestic travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result

International Travelers 

International travelers must comply with CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the US. Travelers must complete the NYS Department of Health traveler health form.

Currently CDC does not require quarantine, work furlough, or testing requirements for asymptomatic international travelers.

New York follows that recommendation with the following exceptions:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York from international travel.

  • All unvaccinated international travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.

Quarantine Due to Exposure or Isolation Due to Positive Test Results - Unvaccinated

Any Pratt community member who comes in contact (meaning more than 10 minutes and closer than 6 feet) with someone determined to be positive for COVID-19, or who tests positive for COVID-19 themselves, must follow the quarantine and or isolation requirements as established by Public Health Authorities. Consistent with this current guidance, quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end after 10 days without a testing requirement, provided no symptoms have been experienced during the quarantine period. Individuals must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14. Individuals must continue to follow strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14. 

Individuals must be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact Pratt Health Services for students and/or their healthcare provider. Faculty and staff should report this change in clinical status to their healthcare provider and Pratt Human Resources (benefits@pratt.edu) to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing. Provided no symptoms develop, community members may return to campus after 10 days of the required quarantine or isolation and after completing the daily health screening questionnaire. Students should be sure to coordinate their return to campus with Pratt Health Services by emailing health@pratt.edu. All faculty and staff should coordinate with HR and their department regarding their return to campus by emailing benefits@pratt.edu. Please note in NYS there is no option to test out of quarantine due to exposure. 

Quarantine Due to Exposure or Isolation Due to Positive Test Results - Vaccinated

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms following their exposure. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after receiving their second dose of a two-dose vaccine (such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine).

Defined Terms

Fully vaccinated is defined as being 2 or more weeks after the final dose (e.g., first for Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, second for Pfizer and Moderna) of the vaccine approved by the FDA or authorized by the FDA for emergency use. Vaccines that are not authorized by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use or approved by the FDA  do not satisfy this definition.

Recently recovered is defined as 1) recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by meeting the criteria for discontinuation of isolation, 2) within the 3-month period between date of arrival in New York and either the initial onset of symptoms related to the laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection or, if asymptomatic during the illness, the date of the laboratory confirmed test, and 3) asymptomatic after travel or new exposure.

Domestic travel is defined as travel lasting 24 hours or longer to states or US territories other than contiguous states (i.e., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont).