State-by-State Travel Guidelines: COVID-19 Update

07.20.2020, US Dept. of State

As the United States continues to attempt to rein in the coronavirus spread while simultaneously re-opening the economy and travel, each state has implemented its own rules on top of federal guidance.

With regard to travel, below is a state-by-state breakdown of the current travel policies in place. (Please check your departure and arrival states and those in between that you may have to pass through.) :

Alabama
Travelers from Alabama heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Alaska
On June 5, Alaska started requiring anyone who comes into the state to produce documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours to five days prior to their departure. If someone doesn’t have a test, they can opt to get tested upon arrival but must quarantine until they receive negative results.

Arizona
Travelers from Arizona heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Arkansas
Travelers from Arkansas heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

California
Travelers from California heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Colorado
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Connecticut
In coordination with New York and Connecticut, travelers coming from states where there is a high rate of coronavirus infections must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to the tri-state area.

The state also initially placed restrictions on hotels and other vacation rentals, designating them only for certain instances, including for healthcare workers, out-of-state employees working on COVID-19 operations, and Connecticut residents who needed to self-isolate.

Delaware
While out-of-state visitors were initially required to self-quarantine for 14 days, that order was lifted on June 1.

Travelers from Delaware heading to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Florida
Travelers from Florida heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Georgia
Travelers from Georgia heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Hawaii
Hawaii will allow travelers to bypass their 14-day quarantine rule if they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken prior to arrival starting Sept. 1. That program was originally supposed to start on Aug. 1, but was delayed.

Locals are also now allowed to travel between islands.

Idaho
Travelers from Idaho heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Illinois
Specifically in Chicago, the city has implemented a list of states from which visitors are required to quarantine upon arrival. The states currently effected include states effected includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Indiana
Travelers from Indiana heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Iowa
Travelers from Iowa heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Kansas
Travelers from Kansas heading to Chicago will be required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Kentucky
In April, the state had instituted a curfew on all state parks. A previous order telling Kentucky residents not to travel outside the state was later lifted.

Louisiana
Travelers from Louisiana heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Maine
Maine now allows visitors to skip the mandatory 14-day quarantine (first enacted on April 3) if they come with a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours before arriving. Visitors from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont are exempt from the quarantine and testing requirements due to improving case numbers.

Hotels to start accepting reservations in June for both in-state and out-of-state residents.

Maryland
Travelers from Maryland heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Massachusetts
Anyone arriving from out-of-state has been asked to self-quarantine for two weeks, according to the state.

Michigan
Michigan has also lifted the restriction on traveling between two residences in the state, but still prohibits travel to vacation rentals.

Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health. The state allowed for tribal activities within the boundaries of a tribal reservation.

Mississippi
Travelers from Mississippi heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Missouri
Travelers from Missouri heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Montana
Travelers from Montana heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Nebraska
While Nebraska has asked people coming to Nebraska from another state to self-quarantine for two weeks, that was lifted on June 1.

Travelers from Nebraska heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Nevada
Travelers from Nevada heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

New Jersey
In coordination with New York and Connecticut, travelers coming from states where there is a high rate of coronavirus infections must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to the tri-state area.

New Mexico
Air travelers or those from out-of-state are still told to self-isolate for at least 14 days.

Travelers from New Mexico heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

New York
In coordination with New Jersey and Connecticut, travelers coming from states where there is a high rate of coronavirus infections must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to the tri-state area.

North Carolina
Travelers from North Carolina heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

North Dakota
People coming to the state from another country have to quarantine for two weeks.

Travelers from North Dakota heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Ohio
Anyone who comes to Ohio to stay is still asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Travelers from Ohio heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Oklahoma
Anyone who flies from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington state, or Louisiana had to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Travelers from Oklahoma heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Oregon
Oregon Health Authority

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Rhode Island
While the state initially required anyone who arrived from another state for a non-work-related reason to self-quarantine for 14 days, that order was changed. Currently, anyone who comes from a state with more than a 5 percent positivity rate is required to either self-quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

South Carolina
South Carolina had required anyone coming from hot-spots like New York to self-quarantine for two weeks, but that has since been lifted.

Travelers from South Carolina heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

South Dakota
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Tennessee
Travelers from Tennessee heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Texas
Travelers from Texas heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Utah
Travelers from Utah heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting. They will also have to quarantine if they are heading to Chicago.

Vermont
Vermont closed all hotels and home rentals except for when they are directly supporting the COVID-19 response, including providing housing for healthcare workers, and told most visitors to abide by a 14-day self-isolation directive. Hotels have now been allowed to resume operations with capacity restrictions for Vermont residents.

On June 8, the state lifted the requirement to quarantine if returning from any county in New England or New York with 400 or fewer active COVID-19 cases per million.

Virginia
Travelers from Virginia heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Washington
Travelers from Washington heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Wisconsin
Residents who travel outside their communities had been asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. Travel between “private homes within the state” was being “strongly discouraged.”

Travelers from Wisconsin heading to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have to quarantine for two weeks when visiting.

Wyoming
While the state initially required a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related reason, that was lifted on May 8, according to Wyoming News Now.

Stay informed and check with your state’s Department of Health before traveling to other states. And remember to carry extra masks, disposable gloves and hand sanitizer.

As always, stay safe.

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