NEW YORK — New York City’s travel restrictions have been lifted following an agreement with airlines.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the city has begun rolling out restrictions for travelers traveling to New York and New Jersey from March 8 through March 18.
The first day of the ban applies to passengers flying into New York or New Jersey and to anyone traveling to those states on a domestic flight.
De Blasio also announced that travelers flying into or out of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be required to use a valid ticket.
Travelers flying into the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Bahraini government, Egypt, and Bahrain will also be subject to a travel ban.
Delegates from the U.K. and the United States held a conference call with de Blasio Tuesday morning to discuss how to enforce the new restrictions.
“The important thing to remember is that we are still implementing the temporary ban and we will be enforcing the permanent ban as well,” de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday.
“We have to take a look at how this temporary ban will affect people coming from those states, and we are going to continue to do that.”
The announcement came on the heels of a similar deal reached with United Airlines.
United announced in a Tuesday afternoon statement that it has implemented a similar ban on New York flights, with the company issuing travel alerts for those who intend to travel to New Jersey.
“We are delighted that the New York State Department of Transportation has agreed to roll out a temporary ban on all non-U.S. flights to New England in response to the ongoing New York Governor’s New York JFK travel ban,” United Airlines said in the statement.
“While we continue to work closely with the Department of Homeland Security, we will continue to provide our customers with a clear and direct route through the New England region to avoid the disruption of travel from New York to New London and New York.”
The New York Times reported Tuesday that de Blasio and other New York leaders plan to announce the full ban within the next week.