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