A State-by-State Guide to Domestic Travel Restrictions
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From Alaska to Vermont, a State-by-State Guide to Domestic Travel Restrictions

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Travel bans and restrictions across the globe have made international travel trickier. And while travelers are looking inward for a domestic trip, that doesn’t mean there won’t be complications.

While there are few outright bans on traveling within the states, many have implemented their own restrictions and safety precautions. Some states require a COVID-19 test to get in, quarantine upon arrival, or both. Other states have no restrictions at all.

It’s changing constantly, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated.  Here’s what you need to know about traveling to all 50 states and U.S. territories and any domestic travel restrictions.

And keep in mind: If you are traveling internationally, you will still need to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure coming back to any one of these states.

Alabama Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Alabama.

A statewide mask mandate for public spaces remains in effect through the beginning of April.

Alaska Travel Restrictions

As of Feb.14, 2021, Alaska ended the emergency order requiring visitors to present a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers no longer have to present a negative COVID-19 test when arriving in the state.

But the governor is encouraging people to still get tested before departing for Alaska – or shortly after arrival. COVID-19 tests are now free for residents and visitors to the state.

Read More: Traveling to Alaska? What Restrictions You Need to Know to Get In

Arizona Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Arizona.

There isn’t a statewide mask mandate but many counties and businesses require masks indoors and in public spaces.

Arkansas Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Alabama.

Masks are required to be worn in public spaces.

California Travel Restrictions

California public health officials have recommended that visitors from out of state, including California residents, quarantine for 10 days after entering or returning to California.

Each county is in different stages of opening. Check the government website of the county or city you’re planning to visit.

Colorado Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Colorado.

There is a statewide mask mandate in place for public spaces.

Connecticut Travel Restrictions

There is no longer a 10-day mandatory quarantine. And there are currently no other travel restrictions for domestic travel to Connecticut.

Delaware Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Delaware.

Face coverings are required in public spaces, including outdoors.

Florida Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Florida.

Face mask requirements differ from city-to-city and even county-to-county, but there is not a statewide mandate.

Georgia Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Georgia.

There is not a state-wide mask mandate but requirements may differ by city or county.

Hawaii Travel Restrictions

Hawaii currently allows travelers from across the mainland to come to the state without quarantining for 10 days if they present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Hawaii. Watch our YouTube video and see what it’s like for yourself.

But from testing requirements to ongoing restrictions on travel between the islands, it gets more complicated.

Kauai still requires all travelers to quarantine for 10 days regardless of their tests unless they spend three days at a “resort bubble” hotel first – or come to Kauai from a neighboring island and get another negative COVID-19 test before flying to Kauai. On April 4, Kauai will ditch those additional requirements, allowing travelers to visit with the normal pre-travel test.

Island-hopping to Maui and The Big Island (Hawai’i)? You must take another COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival.

Read our master guide on Hawaii travel restrictions and testing requirements!

 

Idaho Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Idaho.

Illinois Travel Restrictions

The city of Chicago has issued an Emergency Travel Order for anyone traveling or returning to Chicago from states with a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.  There are different restrictions based on which state you are from.
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The travel order applies to anyone coming into the City of Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. Anyone traveling from an orange state must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). The map is updated every two weeks. Anyone traveling from a yellow state is not required to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine.

The rest of Illinois does not have any travel restrictions but masks are required and social distancing is highly encouraged.

Indiana Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Indiana.

Iowa Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Iowa.

People are encouraged to wear a mask indoors and in public spaces where it’s not possible to social distance.

Kansas Travel Restrictions

There is a 14-day quarantine requirement for all visitors that have recently attended mass gatherings, been to out-of-state events of 500 people or more, or traveled internationally. The state also requires anyone who has been on a cruise ship or river cruise to self-quarantine upon arrival to Kansas.

Face masks are required in public, including outdoors in places where physical distancing isn’t possible.

Kentucky Travel Restrictions

Arrivals in Kentucky are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, though it’s not mandatory.

Louisiana Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Louisiana.

There is currently a statewide mask mandate in effect.

Maine Travel Restrictions

If you want to visit Maine, you can either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 10 days.

 

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Maryland Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Maryland.

Masks are required in all public spaces including outdoors where social distancing is impossible.

Massachusetts Travel Restrictions

All visitors must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or quarantine for 10 days. If you have not received your test results, you should quarantine until results are in. Travelers in Massachusetts for less than 24 hours are exempt from this requirement as are fully vaccinated travelers.

Michigan Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Michigan.

Minnesota Travel Restrictions

Those visiting Minnesota, and Minnesotans returning after traveling out of state, are asked to quarantine for 14 days after they arrive in the state, though it’s not mandatory.

There is a state-wide mask mandate.

Mississippi Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Mississippi.

Missouri Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Missouri.

Montana Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Montana.

The statewide mask mandate has been lifted, however, certain counties, cities, and businesses may still require masks.

Nebraska Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Nebraska.

Nevada Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to Nevada.

New Hampshire Travel Restrictions

Travelers coming to New Hampshire are no longer required to self-quarantine for 10 days, and there are currently no other travel restrictions.

New Jersey Travel Restrictions

New Jersey is requesting travelers coming to the state from outside of the tri-state region (New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) to self-quarantine for at least 10 days. If travelers receive a negative COVID-19 test they should still self-quarantine for seven days. The self-quarantine is voluntary but compliance is expected.

New Mexico Travel Restrictions

There is no longer a mandatory quarantine for travelers coming from high-risk states. However, New Mexico is still strongly advising a 14-day quarantine for all travelers to the state.
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Everyone is required to wear a mask in public spaces except for when eating, drinking, exercising, or for medical requirements.

New York Travel Restrictions

Starting April 1, travelers will no longer need to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test in order to visit New York as the state lifts most domestic travel restrictions.

Until April 1, 2021, the following guidelines apply:

  • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure from that state.
    • Upon arrival in New York, the traveler must quarantine for three days.
    • On day four of their quarantine, the traveler must take another COVID-19 test. If both tests are negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the visitor must fill out a travel information form upon entry into New York State and take a COVID diagnostic test four days after their arrival in New York.

If a test comes back positive, local health departments will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department will also contact the state the traveler came from, to make sure contact tracing happens there. All travelers have to fill out the traveler information form upon arrival into New York State.

North Carolina Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to North Carolina.

Face masks are required in public spaces – both indoors and outdoors – when it is difficult to maintain six feet of separation. Exceptions are allowed for those with medical conditions, children under 11 years old, and people walking or exercising outdoors.

North Dakota Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel to North Dakota.

Ohio Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Ohio.

Oklahoma Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Oklahoma.

Masks are required in indoor spaces in Oklahoma City.

Oregon Travel Restrictions

People arriving in Oregon from other states or countries – including returning Oregon residents – are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. People should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.

Pennsylvania Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Pennsylvania.

Puerto Rico Travel Restrictions

All passengers must fill out a travel declaration form and present a negative molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) from 72 hours prior to arrival. Without that proper documentation, travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

A curfew on the island is in effect daily from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Rhode Island Travel Restrictions

If you are traveling to Rhode Island from a state with a COVID-19 positivity rate higher than 5%, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or present a negative test taken 72 hours prior to arrival.

South Carolina Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to South Carolina.

South Dakota Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to South Dakota.

Tennessee Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Tennessee.
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Texas Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Texas.

U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Restrictions

A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than five days before travel must be submitted prior to departing for the islands and also presented upon arrival. Temperature checks and health screenings will also be administered upon arrival.

Utah Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Utah.

Vermont Travel Restrictions

If you are fully vaccinated and it has been 14 days since your final dose, you can travel to Vermont without quarantining. All other travelers must quarantine for 14 days.

Virginia Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Virginia.

Washington Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee has asked travelers to comply with the Centers for Disease Control’s travel advisory guidance. This includes getting vaccinated if you are eligible, getting tested one to three days prior to travel, and wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.

Washington, D.C. Travel Restrictions

Visitors to D.C. need to present a COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arriving in D.C. If travelers are staying in D.C. for more than three days, they need to get retested within the next three to five days. Tests are free at public testing sites.
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The testing requirement is waived if you have been fully vaccinated within the last 90 days and are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is also waived for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and don’t have symptoms. Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test. It is recommended to travel with your vaccination card in case documentation is required.

Additional exceptions to the testing requirements include visitors from Maryland, Virginia, North Dakota, and Hawai and those who are coming into D.C. for less than 24 hours.

West Virginia Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to West Virginia.

Wisconsin Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Wisconsin.

Wyoming Travel Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions for domestic travel to Wyoming.

Bottom Line

Traveling throughout the states might be easier than international travel, but that doesn’t mean it will come without restrictions. Make sure you know what’s required before you take off for your next domestic trip.

 

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21 Responses

  • Will you be updating this info? Or, is there a central depository for this information for those of us interested in traveling somewhere this summer? Thanks.

  • I see Chicago’s rules, but not the rest of Illinois.
    I do not see Nevada in this state-by-state roll up.

    • Illinois doesn’t currently have restrictions. Only Chicago. Nevada also doesn’t have any restrictions right now.

  • Any details on Louisiana? I’m supposed to be traveling to New Orleans the end of August and wondering what to expect if we do decide to go.

    • Louisiana currently does not have any restrictions but that could change. Check back here and also do a little research before you go. You may be able to travel there but it’s hard to know what will be open (restaurants etc).

  • When was this last updated? I appreciate the effort into creating this! If possible, can you add every state, even if no restrictions? My Wyoming friends feel left out… 😉

    • Hi Jim, we updated this post today! There are no currently published restrictions on visiting Wyoming.

      • Thanks Kyle. Appreciate the quick reply. For clarity, I would recommend including every state and US territory explicitly, even if the text simply states there are no restrictions. This is a fantastic resource and I appreciate you keeping it updated!

  • This contains wrong information. In Pennsylvania, it is recommended, but not required, to quarantine when arriving from certain states. The Department of Health’s online travel FAQ explicitly states this.

  • When the rules say that all visitors to a state must self-quarantine for 14 days, does that apply to people who are driving through via an Interstate? Or does it only apply to persons who are stopping for a visit in that state?

    • It varies by state, but most states specifically exempt “in-transit” or “transitory” passengers from quarantine requirements.

  • For NY – you wrote “For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours”, but I read it to mean, travelers who were outside of NY for less than 24 hours. This might be important, if for example, I’m flying to another state and home to NY within 24 hours. I’m reading the new rule to mean that those 24 hours would have to include the travel or flight time….

    Also, the exception for states that are contiguous with New York. Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were expressly mentioned. I don’t think anyone has expressly mentioned the other two border states – Massachusetts and Vermont yet.

  • I will be arriving at JFK as a stopover heading to FL. I will be coming from the Middle East, via Dubai, then to JFK and to JAX. Will I need to be tested in JFK? or quarantine there? How does quarantine work at JFK if necessary?

    TY

    • The travel restrictions for NY only apply to people planning to visit or stay in the state. If you’re transiting through you shouldn’t have any issues.

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