N.J. to drop domestic travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people

Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce Monday afternoon that New Jersey residents who are fully vaccinated may travel in and out of the state without quarantining.

For months, the state has asked those coming into the state to take a COVID-19 test and to voluntarily quarantine — although it’s unclear how much that guideline was followed.

For one, the state had no real way to enforce the request. In addition, there were a number of exclusions — including those going to neighboring states and a large group of people determined to be “essential” workers.

Still, the announcement shows it’s another example of Murphy attempting to loosen restrictions and open the state as the number of vaccinated residents increases steadily.

As of Monday, New Jersey’s website said the state had administered more than 4.7 million does of the COVID-19 vaccine and that 1.79 million people were fully vaccinated — meaning approximately 20% of the state is fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated travelers who arrive in New Jersey from elsewhere in the country will no longer be required to take a test or self-quarantine. And no quarantine or test will be required of those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the past three months.

Vaccinated New Jerseyans who travel abroad will still be asked to get tested within days of their return.