Welcome to New York highway sign
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

New York to Drop Domestic Quarantine Requirement — And Increase Tolls

Travelers from another states or territories of the United States will no longer be required to quarantine after entering the state of New York effective as of Thursday, April 1, 2021, according to this official press release from Andrew M. Cuomo, who is the current governor of New York — a mandatory quarantine still remains in effect for travelers who arrive from anywhere else in the world — but if you are one of those travelers who has been wanting to visit the city of New York and plan to drive a vehicle, get ready to pay more in tolls next month as well.

New York to Drop Domestic Quarantine Requirement — And Increase Tolls

Verrazzano Narrows Bridge New York
The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn with Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island via Interstate 278. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The Department of Health of the State of New York still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. All travelers are still required to complete the official Traveler Health Form; and individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread — such as wearing masks or cloth coverings for the nose and mouth, distancing at least six feet away from the nearest person; and avoiding crowds or gatherings of people.

Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals who are either exposed to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or returning from travel must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions through Day 14 — including proper hygiene for hands and the use of masks and cloth coverings for the nose and mouth — even if fully vaccinated
  • Must 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.
Marine Parkway Bridge Jamaica Bay Rockaway New York
The Marine Parkway Bridge connects Brooklyn to the Rockaways in Queens via Flatbush Avenue. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Meanwhile, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York voted on Thursday, February 18, 2021 to adopt a new toll schedule which will be implemented after midnight on Sunday, April 11, 2021 — which includes a new Mid-Tier toll rate that is more expensive than the E-ZPass toll rate that is charged to customers of the E-ZPass New York Customer Service Center when their tag is properly mounted, but lower than the full toll charged to customers without a E-ZPass Tag or account by the New York Customer Service Center.

The new rates for passenger vehicles — with the new more expensive toll rates for other vehicles as well — are as follows:

One-Way Trip
Crossing E-ZPass New York Customer Service Center Mid-Tier New York Customer Service Center Tolls by Mail and E-ZPass Not Issued by New York Customer Service Center
Triborough Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, and Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge; and Queens Midtown Tunnel and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel $6.55 — increased $0.43 or almost 7.03 percent from $6.12 $8.36 $10.17 — increased $0.43 or slightly greater than 7.05 percent from $9.50
Henry Hudson Bridge $3.00 — increased $0.20 or slightly greater than 7.14 percent from $2.80 $4.62 $7.50 — increased $0.50 or slightly greater than 7.14 percent from $7.00
Cross Bay Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge $2.45 — increased $0.16 or almost 6.99 percent from $2.29 $3.77 $5.09 — increased $0.34 or almost 7.16 percent from $4.75

If you have not used the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge recently, know that vehicles once again pay tolls in both directions instead of only the westbound direction from Brooklyn — and the tolls are solely electronic.


Verrazzano Narrows Bridge New York
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

So let me get this straight: even if fully vaccinated, visitors to New York must continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions for two weeks — and pay higher tolls at several bridges in the process?

Hm. Perhaps now may arguably be the worst time of the pandemic of 2019 Novel Coronavirus instead of back in July of 2020.

Way to go, New York — both city and state…

Delta Air Lines tails Verrazano Bridge
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…and meanwhile, links to other articles at The Gate which pertain to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — which are listed in chronological order from the latest and most recent article first in all of the sections — are found in this article, which was posted on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.

Articles at The Gate pertaining to the topic of electronic tolls — to which I am mostly opposed — include:

All photographs ©2015 and ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

  1. What a ripoff – out of state issued EZ Pass tolls are higher than NY issued EZ Pass tolls – good reason not to visit NY! Why should I pay more for an EZ Pass issued by IL?

  2. Well, you are lucky to even have the privilege to set foot in NY and should pay a fair price for that privilege. As a NY property owner that visits as infrequently as possible, that is the attitude I receive from most people when I am there. It works for a subset of young people and others who often felt marginalized in other setting. Good for them. For everyone else, there is absolutely no reason to visit NY. Mindset is incredibly insular. The city is not safe. Think of the girl/boy you knew in grade school that believed they were so beautiful – but it just wasn’t so. That’s NY.

    1. I don’t know, miamiorbust — I am actually proud to be from New York; but somehow I cannot either agree or disagree with what you wrote…

  3. I’m sorry you have to pay a few more dollars for driving in and continue strict adherence to — checks notes — washing your hands to visit our apparently crime-ridden city. You and the commenters are correct, it’s certainly best to avoid visiting New York, lest these oppressive requirements ruin your experience.

    1. I have never had a problem washing my hands, Oppressed New Yorker. In fact, I have written numerous articles which advocate it long before the pandemic was officially declared…


      …but yes, I do have an issue with the increasingly more expensive — and increasingly convoluted — electronic toll systems imposed by both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

      As for visiting New York, I was born and raised there; and I lived there until several years after I graduated from college. I will be back someday, somehow…

  4. When will they add tolls to the Queensboro bridge? When everything has been switched to electronic-based tolls or other unmanned toll collection, it becomes easier to just flip the switch and to try to collect tolls even where tollbooths (and tolls) weren’t being collected previously (as in previously to switching away from free crossing).

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