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

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

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Travel bans and restrictions across the globe have made international travel trickier: The European Union will ban Americans when it reopens international travel this month, while other countries are still restricting foreign visitors, period. There’s no telling when that will change.

Understandably, many travelers’ eyes are focused within the 50 U.S. states for their next trip. And while there are few outright bans on traveling within the states, many have implemented their own restrictions and safety precautions.

It’s changing constantly, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated. Here’s what you need to know from states that have travel restrictions in place. If you don’t see a state listed, that means there aren’t any major entry restrictions.

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States with Travel Restrictions

Alaska

Alaska is only allowing visitors that can provide a negative COVID-19 test – otherwise you’ll be required to quarantine for 14 days.

But there are multiple ways you can satisfy Alaska’s testing requirement: You can get tested up to 72 hours prior to arrival; or get tested up to five days before arrival and then take a second test, quarantining until the results come in. If you’re staying for more than a week, you may be required to take a second (or third!) test.

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

Arkansas

A 14-day quarantine is required for travelers arriving from identified “hot-spots,” including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the city of New Orleans, and all international travelers.

Connecticut

Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are restricting travelers from states with high coronavirus rates. Residents from any state with a positive rate of 10 per 100,000 (or 10%) over the last seven days will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Currently, that means visitors from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah will be required to quarantine. Layovers in a state with high positive rates don’t count toward that requirement.

Florida

Anyone entering Florida from New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut must quarantine for 14 days.

 

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Hawaii

Hawaii is set to restart travel in August when it lifts the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for all visitors. Instead, travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test to get in – and it must be dated no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Idaho

In its current stage of re-opening, Idaho is encouraging anyone coming to the state from an area with a high infection rate to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Illinois

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.  Starting July 6 travelers or residents returning to Chicago from those states are required to quarantine for 14 days.

The states currently included are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Kansas

There is a 14-day quarantine requirement for all visitors that have recently traveled to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, or internationally. The state also requires self-quarantine for anyone who has been on a cruise ship or river cruise.

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

Maine

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 14 days.

New Jersey

Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are restricting travelers from states with high coronavirus rates. Residents from any state with a positive rate of 10 per 100,000 (or 10%) over the last seven days will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Currently, that means visitors from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah will be required to quarantine. Layovers in a state with high positive rates don’t count toward that requirement.

New Mexico

Those arriving by plane to New Mexico are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Everyone is required to wear a mask in public spaces except for when eating, drinking, exercising, or for medical requirements.

New York

Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are restricting travelers from states with high coronavirus rates. Residents from any state with a positive rate of 10 per 100,000 (or 10%) over the last seven days will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Currently, that means visitors from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah will be required to quarantine. Layovers in a state with high positive rates don’t count toward that requirement.

 

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North Carolina

There are currently no enforceable travel restrictions to North Carolina. But like many elected officials across the country, Gov. Roy Cooper is requesting that people limit nonessential travel.

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.

Pennsylvania

If you travel to or are coming from certain states you will be required to quarantine for 14-days. These states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Masks are required in all public spaces including outdoors where physical distancing isn’t possible.

Puerto Rico

Beginning July 15, 2020 passengers arriving in Puerto Rico must fill out a travel declaration form and present a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours. If proper documentation is not provided you will be offered a rapid COVID-19 test at your expense. You must then quarantine at your expense until receiving negative test results. Passengers who don’t take a COVID-19 test have the option of quarantining for 14 days.

Rhode Island

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. You can find the positivity rate for each state on Johns Hopkins’ website.

Vermont

If you are traveling to Vermont you will be required to quarantine for 14 days – or seven days followed by a negative COVID-19 test.

 

Bottom Line

Traveling throughout the states might be easier, 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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8 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).

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