Massachusetts Travel Orders and Patient Care at BMC
As of August 1, BMC patients and visitors will be asked to follow the Massachusetts travel order. Please read below to find out more about how this may affect your appointment at BMC.
What is the Governor’s COVID-19 Travel Order?
Effective August 1, individuals entering Massachusetts must comply with the Massachusetts travel order. Out-of-state visitors and returning Massachusetts residents entering Massachusetts who do not meet an exemption are required to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result. Exemptions, as they apply to Boston Medical Center patients, are listed below.
How does the Governor’s COVID-19 Travel Order apply to patients receiving care at Boston Medical Center within 14 days of arrival in Massachusetts?
In compliance with the Massachusetts travel order, if you are a patient and have traveled (domestically or internationally) within 14 days of your appointment at Boston Medical Center, you may need to reschedule your appointment if you do not meet the exemptions below.
Please contact your provider if the exemptions below do not apply to you. You may be asked to receive testing before your appointment, reschedule your appointment to another date, or have a telemedicine visit instead of an in-person visit.
You are able to have an in-person visit if you meet ANY of the following criteria:
- You have arrived from states designated as COVID-19 lower-risk states. The most up-to-date list can be found on the Massachusetts state COVID-19 website.
- You are you are traveling to Massachusetts to receive specialized medical care from a physician located in the Commonwealth. This does NOT apply to Massachusetts residents receiving care at BMC. This exemption also applies persons accompanying and providing needed support to the patient.
- You have received a negative test result prior to your appointment within the specified time period, and are able to provide proof upon request. You are exempt from quarantine and able to have an in-person visit if either of the following applies to you:
- You received a negative result from a COVID-19 test based on a sample obtained not longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts
- You received a negative result from a COVID-19 test after your arrival in Massachusetts
Note: Patients should have a negative result using any nasopharyngeal and anterior nasal swab tests, with exception of the Abbott ID Now. Antigen tests will not be accepted
I am a Boston Medical Center patient and require testing before my upcoming appointment. What do I do?
If you are Boston Medical Center patient who needs testing prior an upcoming appointment to be cleared from travel quarantine orders, you should contact your provider.
What proof of a negative COVID-19 test may I be asked to show?
Per the Massachusetts travel order, individuals who recently traveled to a high-risk state who do not meet exemptions should be able to produce, upon request, proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 from a sample obtained not longer than 72 hours before arriving in Massachusetts or a negative test result from a COVID-19 test after arriving in Massachusetts
- Proof of a negative result may be sent to your provider before an appointment or you may bring a paper or electronic copy on the day of your appointment.
- Patient should have a negative result using any nasopharyngeal and anterior nasal swab tests, with exception of the Abbott ID Now. Antigen tests will not be accepted.