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Every State’s Coronavirus and Travel Information

by Billie Cohen | October 6, 2020

Even when you arm yourself with the info below—each state’s most useful resources about quarantine rules, caseloads, reopening plans, and guidance for travelers—it is tough to anticipate all the potential snags of a Covid-era trip, even a short road trip to another state. Wendy faced challenges during her own 28-hour-roundtrip drive to attend to an aging family member; Brook had ups and downs on her cross-country flight; Tim had issues with hotels and car rental; and we even know RV-vacation experts who recommend against jumping into an RV right now.

A smart, safe, luxury vacation within the U.S.—say, in a remote wilderness lodge in Alaska, or on a private sailboat off New England—is possible, but so much depends on your specific individual situation that we recommend you write to us directly for personalized advice. We are longtime travel journalists with a network of smart travel sources, so we’re accustomed to cutting through the noise and news to get reliable answers about travel during Covid-19. If you are thinking about a future international trip, we can advise you on that too. Don’t miss our article tracking which countries are open to U.S. travelers and what you can do there.

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Alabama

Total cases in the past 7 days: 6,848 (cases per 100,000: 140)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Alabama’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Traveler Information (Alabama Tourism)

 

Alaska

 

Total cases in the past 7 days: 941 (cases per 100,000: 129)

On arrival, all travelers have three choices: (1) show proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival; (2) take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-quarantine at your own expense until results come back; (3) self-quarantine for 14 days at your own expense. In addition, all travelers must fill out a health declaration form.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Reopening Plan

Traveler information, restrictions, and advisories (Travel Alaska)

 

Arizona

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,520 (cases per 100,000: 48)

State Coronavirus Updates

Department of Health Services and Reopening Guidance

Traveler information, restrictions, and advisories (Visit Arizona)

 

Arkansas

Total cases in the past 7 days: 5,771 (cases per 100,000: 191)

Arkansas COVID-19 Information Hub

Arkansas COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Department of Health and Reopening Directives

Traveler information (Arkansas Tourism)

 

California

Total cases in the past 7 days: 22,937 (cases per 100,000: 58)

California COVID-19 Information Hub

State Reopening Roadmap (The latest info on the status of openings can be found here.)

COVID-19 cases by county

Traveler Information for the State (Visit California)

Traveler information by region (Visit California)

 

Colorado

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,917 (cases per 100,000: 68)

Colorado COVID-19 Information Hub

Colorado COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Information on what’s open (state parks, campsites, retail, etc.)

Traveler guidance (Colorado Tourism)

 

Connecticut

Total cases in the past 7 days: 1,710 (cases per 100,000: 48)

14-day quarantine required for visitors from states with outbreaks that surpass set thresholds. Those states are reviewed regularly.

Connecticut COVID-19 Information Hub

Latest guidance on rules, restrictions, and openings

Traveler Advice and Regulations (Visit CT)

 

Delaware

Total cases in the past 7 days: 983 (cases per 100,000: 101)

Delaware’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Delaware Reopening Plan

Beach regulations

Traveler Advisory (Visit Delaware)

 

Florida

Total cases in the past 7 days: 15,895 (cases per 100,000: 74)

Most beaches open; Walt Disney World parks have a phased reopening

Florida’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Florida’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Florida’s Reopening Plan

Traveler Advice (Visit Florida)

Traveler Advisory and Quarantine info (Florida Health Department)

 

Georgia

Total cases in the past 7 days: 8,457 (cases per 100,000: 80)

Georgia’s COVID-19 Hub

Department of Health Daily Status Report

Traveler Advice and what’s open (Explore Georgia)

 

Hawaii

Total cases in the past 7 days: 693 (cases per 100,000: 49)

14-day self-quarantine required for out-of-state travelers to the Big Island.

Starting October 15, travelers going to Hawaii can bypass the quarantine if they can show proof of a negative FDA-approved NAAT nasal swab test from a CLIA-certified laboratory, taken within 72 hours of arrival in Hawaii. Travelers to the Big Island must submit to a second, rapid test upon arrival. Also starting October 15, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines will offer quick pre-flight virus testing to Hawaii-bound passengers (United at SFO and Hawaiian at LAX and SFO) to help them avoid the quarantine.

Travelers without a test or who cannot show sufficient proof of a negative test, must quarantine for 14 days or until they can show proof of negative results. All travelers, regardless of testing, will undergo temperature checks on arrival and must fill out a travel and health form. Read full details and specifics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

There are some restrictions for inter-island travel as well, see the advisory from the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Hawaii COVID-19 Information Hub

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Traveler Information (Hawaii Department of Health)

Hawaii’s Safe Travels site, required registration for all visitors (State of Hawaii)

Traveler Advisory and request to postpone trips (Hawaii Tourism)

 

Idaho

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,463 (cases per 100,000: 194)

14-day self-quarantine is encouraged.

Idaho’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Idaho’s Reopening Plan

Traveler Advice (Visit Idaho)

 

Illinois

Total cases in the past 7 days: 13,947 (cases per 100,000: 110)

Illinois COVID-19 Information Hub

Restore Illinois reopening plan

Chicago reopening information

 

Indiana

Total cases in the past 7 days: 7,780 (cases per 100,000: 116)

Non-essential travel to Indianapolis is discouraged.

Indiana’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Indiana’s Reopening Plan

Traveler guidance for Indianapolis (Visit Indy/Indianapolis Tourism)

Traveler guidance for the state (Visit Indiana)

 

Iowa

Total cases in the past 7 days: 6,120 (cases per 100,000: 194)

Iowa’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Current Case Status Dashboard

Traveler Advice (Travel Iowa)

 

Kansas

Total cases in the past 7 days: 4,452 (cases per 100,000: 153)

14-day self-quarantine required for visitors from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Maryland, and those who have been on a cruise or traveled internationally. This list could change.

Kansas’s COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Travel KS)

 

Kentucky

Total cases in the past 7 days: 5,701 (cases per 100,000: 128)

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Latest updates and openings

 

Louisiana

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,644 (cases per 100,000: 78)

Louisiana’s COVID-19 Information Hub

 

Maine

Total cases in the past 7 days: 231 (cases per 100,000: 17)

On arrival in Maine, travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or they must quarantine for 14 days. Then they must fill out a Certificate of Compliance form indicating their negative test results or their plan to quarantine for 14 days (or the completion of their quarantine). This Certificate of Compliance must be shown at all Maine accommodations (including campgrounds and Airbnbs), and additional proof of negative may also be required onsite.

Residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are exempt from the quarantine and testing requirements described above, because “When adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar or better to that in Maine.”.

Govenor’s Coronavirus Resource Page

Division of Disease Surveillance and current data

 

Maryland

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,890 (cases per 100,000: 64)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Visit Maryland)

Guidance on Outdoor Activities

 

Massachusetts

Total cases in the past 7 days: 4,305 (cases per 100,000: 62)

Visitors and returning residents must submit to a 14-day quarantine and fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form.  If a traveler can show a negative test result administered up to 72 hours before arrival, they may bypass quarantine (but quarantine must be observed until the test results are received). The fine for noncompliance is $500 per day.  Visitors from officially designated “lower-risk states” do not have to submit the form or quarantine.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

 

Michigan

Total cases in the past 7 days: 6,878 (cases per 100,000: 69)

No quarantine, but even state residents are discouraged from traveling to their vacation homes.

Different parts of the state are reopening at different phases.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

 

Minnesota

Total cases in the past 7 days: 7,093 (cases per 100,000: 126)

Stay-at-home order lifted, but a Governor Walz executive order says “Minnesotans are strongly discouraged from engaging in unnecessary travel.”

Restaurants and bars open for outdoor dining; entertainment venues remain closed.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening plan and phases

Travelers Guidance (Explore Minnesota)

 

Mississippi

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,629 (cases per 100,000: 122)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Mississippi Case and Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (Visit Mississippi)

 

Missouri

Total cases in the past 7 days: 9,503 (cases per 100,000: 155)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Missouri Recovery Plan

Traveler Guidance (Visit Missouri)

 

Montana

Total cases in the past 7 days: 2,612 (cases per 100,000: 244)

Quarantine requirement lifted but: “travelers can expect the Montana National Guard to continue to conduct screenings in airports and train depots and refer anyone with COVID-19-related symptoms to local public health officials”, according to the state government website.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidance (Visit MT)

Contact Info for Montana’s Tribal Nations and Reservations

Phase 2 Reopening Directive from Montana Governor

 

Nebraska

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,744 (cases per 100,000: 194)

14-day self-quarantine recommended for international travelers and those staying less than 14 days.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Nebraska Case and Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services)

Traveler Guidance (Visit Nebraska)

 

Nevada

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,314 (cases per 100,000: 108)

Casinos, restaurants and retail are open with restrictions. For info on Las Vegas casinos, check listings at Visit Las Vegas, the city’s official tourism website.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening and phases plan

Traveler Guidance (Visit Nevada) (Visit Las Vegas)

 

New Hampshire

Total cases in the past 7 days: 307 (cases per 100,000: 23)

Out-of-state visitors are encouraged not to travel to New Hampshire.

Travelers are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days. Lodgings are open to all travelers with a signed proof of 14-day quarantine (including campgrounds and Airbnbs).

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Visit NH)

 

New Jersey

Total cases in the past 7 days: 4,650 (cases per 100,000: 52)

14-day quarantine required for visitors from states with outbreaks that surpass set thresholds. Those states are reviewed regularly.

Some beaches are open, with restrictions; casinos closed.

NJ’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Live Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (Visit NJ)

Reopening Plan

 

New Mexico

Total cases in the past 7 days: 1,633 (cases per 100,000: 78)

Quarantine rules depend on which state travelers are arriving from.
•High risk states: Travelers arriving from higher-risk states with a 5% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day average must self-quarantine for 14 days.
•Low-risk states: Travelers arriving from lower-risk states with 5% or lower positivity rate are not required to quarantine (though it is still recommended), and are advised to be tested within 5 to 7 days of arrival.
•Exemption: Travelers with proof of a valid negative Cover test taken within 72 hours before or after arrival are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement, no matter what state they came from.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Guidance on openings and closings

 

New York

Total cases in the past 7 days: 8,967 (cases per 100,000: 46)

14-day quarantine required for visitors from states with outbreaks that surpass set thresholds. Those states are reviewed regularly. Check the list here. Visitors must also fill out a travel health form. Failure to complete the form could result in $2,000 fine.

Business, beach, and restaurant openings vary by county.

New York State’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Phased Regional Reopening Plan

Cases and Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (NY State Tourism)

 

North Carolina

Total cases in the past 7 days: 10234 (cases per 100,000: 98)

No state quarantine, but some counties may have entry restrictions.

Beaches are opening with different rules in different areas; restaurants open at limited capacity; bars, entertainment venues, museums closed.

Parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway are open for driving, but all rest areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms are closed.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance including beach information (Visit NC)

Blue Ridge Parkway Information (NPS)

 

North Dakota

Total cases in the past 7 days: 2,826 (cases per 100,000: 371)

14-day self-quarantine required only for those who have traveled internationally

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (State Health Department)

Traveler Guidance (ND Tourism)

 

Ohio

Total cases in the past 7 days: 8,098 (cases per 100,000: 69)

14-day self-quarantine requested.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Data Dashboard

Ohio Reopening Plan

 

Oklahoma

Total cases in the past 7 days: 6,984 (cases per 100,000: 176)

14-day self-quarantine required for visitors from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana, and Washington

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidance (Travel OK)

Traveler Guidance (Oklahoma City)

 

Oregon

Total cases in the past 7 days: 1,951 (cases per 100,000: 46)

Stay-at-home order in effect.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan and County Status

Traveler Guidance (Travel Oregon)

 

Pennsylvania

Total cases in the past 7 days: 7,391 (cases per 100,000: 58)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Hospital Data

 

Rhode Island

Total cases in the past 7 days: 895 (cases per 100,000: 84)

14-day self-quarantine required for those coming from areas still under stay-at-home or similar restrictions; cars without state plates may be stopped at border.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Department of Health

Reopening Plan

State Guidance on Beaches, State Parks, and other openings/closings

Traveler Guidance (Visit Rhode Island)

 

South Carolina

Total cases in the past 7 days: 5,695 (cases per 100,000: 111)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

State Parks Information

 

South Dakota

Total cases in the past 7 days: 2,877 (cases per 100,000: 325)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

Cases and Data

Traveler Guidance (Travel South Dakota)

 

Tennessee

Total cases in the past 7 days: 8,225 (cases per 100,000: 120)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Tennessee Vacation)

 

Texas

Total cases in the past 7 days: 31,094 (cases per 100,000: 107)

Texas’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Travel Texas)

 

Utah

Total cases in the past 7 days: 7,002 (cases per 100,000: 218)

Utah’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Utah State Parks Information

Utah National Parks Information

Traveler Guidance (Visit Utah)

 

Vermont

Total cases in the past 7 days: 43 (cases per 100,000: 7)

14-day quarantine required for all travelers except those from select counties, and all travelers are advised to sign up for two weeks of daily symptom-check reminders. See guidance from state.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (Vermont Tourism)

 

Virginia

Total cases in the past 7 days: 5,726 (cases per 100,000: 67)

14-day self-quarantine recommended for those returning from international travel or cruises. 

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data

Traveler Guidance (Virginia Tourism)

 

Washington, D.C.

Total cases in the past 7 days: 269 (cases per 100,000: 38)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidance (Washington D.C. Tourism)

Open/Close Information on Museums, Restaurant, Festivals, and Attractions

 

Washington State

Total cases in the past 7 days: 3,705 (cases per 100,000: 49)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Experience Washington)

 

West Virginia

Total cases in the past 7 days: 1,280 (cases per 100,000: 71)

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

State Parks Information

Traveler Guidances (West Viriginia Tourism)

 

Wisconsin

Total cases in the past 7 days: 17,443 (cases per 100,000: 300)

No state quarantine, but some counties have their own travel restrictions. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends residents cancel or postpone travel, even within the state.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data

Traveler Guidance (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

 

Wyoming

Total cases in the past 7 days: 871 (cases per 100,000: 150

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidance, with reopenings and travel restrictions

 

Additional Resources

COVID-19 cases by state (CDC)

COVID-19 Risk Map for Every U.S. County (Harvard Global Health Institute)

Health departments by state (CDC)

Reopening status of all 50 states (The New York Times and Washington Post)

Stay-at-home orders by state (Pew Trusts)

Travel restrictions by state (Ballotpedia)

National Park closures and restrictions by state (National Park Service)

Restaurant restrictions by state (Open Table)

A Timeline of When Various Travel Sectors Will Open (Skift)

 

 

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