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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. 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.

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 or requirements.

 

States with Travel Restrictions

Alaska

Alaska is only allowing visitors that can provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

All non-residents must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrive to Alaska.  If you have taken a test within 72 hours of arrival and are still awaiting results, you must upload proof that a test has been taken to the Alaska Travel Portal and quarantine while awaiting results. Testing is available upon arrival, but each test is $250 and you must quarantine while awaiting results.

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.

Masks are required to be worn in public spaces.

California

While there are currently no travel restrictions, California has re-entered lockdown. Each county is monitored separately.  Bars, breweries, and brewpubs may be closed both for indoor and outdoor service. Restaurants and wineries cannot operate indoor service and movie theaters, zoos, and museums also may be closed. Check the government website of the county or city you’re planning to visit.

Connecticut

Residents from the majority of the country cannot visit Connecticut – at least not without a lengthy quarantine.

Connecticut is restricting travelers from states with high coronavirus rates. Residents from any state with a positive rate of 10 per 100,000 or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate within seven days will be required to quarantine for 14 days. for now, that includes most of the country.

Currently, the list of travelers exempt from the 14-day quarantine includes just Washington, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

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Hawaii

Hawaii is now allowing travelers to come to the state without quarantining for 14 days if they present a negative COVID-19 test. But frmo testing requirements to ongoing restrictions on travel between the islands, it gets more complicated.

For all of the requirements and what you need to know before your next trip to Hawaii, read our guides: Hawaii Covid-19 Test Travel Requirements: All of Your Questions Answered, and Hawaii Open For Travel: Everything You Need to Know to Get In

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, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The rest of the state does not have any travel restrictions.

Kansas

There is a 14-day quarantine requirement for all visitors that have recently traveled to North Dakota, Andorra, mass gatherings, or out-of-state events of 500 people or more, 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.

Maryland

Maryland is encouraging all out of state visitors take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arriving in the state.

Massachusetts

All visitors must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival unless visiting from a lower risk state. All visitors must either present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or quarantine for 14-days. If your test results are not in you will be required to quarantine until results are in. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Montana

There are currently no travel restrictions to Montana.

But if you’re looking to visit Glacier National Park, the east entrance, of the park is currently closed. There also may be travel restrictions for the seven Indian reservations in the state.

Masks are required in public in counties with more than four active cases.

New Jersey

New Jersey is restricting travel from states with high coronavirus rates. Residents from any state with a positive rate of 10 per 100,000 or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate within seven days will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Currently, the list includes visitors from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, will be required to quarantine. Layovers in a state with high positive rates don’t count toward that requirement.
 

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New Mexico

There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from high-risk states. The states that are exempt from quarantine are California, New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, D.C., and Hawaii.

Everyone is required to wear a mask in public spaces except for when eating, drinking, exercising, or for medical requirements.

New York

After months of requiring most travelers to quarantine for 14 days, New York has changed up its travel restrictions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced new guidelines for any traveler heading to New York State from out of state, with a two-test requirement that provides a shorter quarantine period. Visitors from states bordering New York are exempt from the new requirements.

  • 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 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

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.

Ohio

Those entering Ohio from states with positive testing rates of 15% or higher are advised to self-quarantine for 14-days. Currently, those states are Alabama,  Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah. The list will be updated weekly.

Pennsylvania

If you travel to or are coming from certain states, Pennsylvania recommends that you quarantine for 14-days. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,  North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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

Puerto Rico

Passengers 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 travelers will be required to quarantine 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.

Washington, D.C.

Visitors to D.C. need to get a COVID-19 test 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 three to five days. Tests are free at public testing sites. Visitors from a few states are exempt: Hawaii, Maryland, Vermont, and Virginia.

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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20 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… 😉

      • 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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