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Every State’s Coronavirus and Travel Information

by Billie Cohen | January 12, 2020

Even when you arm yourself with the info below—each state’s most useful resources about quarantine rules, caseloads, reopening (or re-closing) plans, and guidance for travelers—it is tough to anticipate all the potential snags of a Covid-era trip.

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 (which we’ve been collecting in our Covid-19 Travel section, which includes intel on testing, insurance, and first-hand accounts from travelers). 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.

Note that the CDC recommends getting tested 1–3 days before you travel, and again 3–5 days after traveling. At that point, even if you test negative, they advise you to stay home for seven days (ten days if you don’t get tested). To help with that, we have info on how to get a quick-turnaround Covid test.

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Alabama

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Alabama’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Traveler Information (Alabama Tourism)

 

Alaska

On arrival, all travelers have two choices: (1) submit proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival to an online portal before they depart for Alaska; or (2) take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-quarantine (both at your own expense) until results come back. 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

No travel restrictions for visitors

State Coronavirus Updates

Department of Health Services and Reopening Guidance

Traveler information, restrictions, and advisories (Visit Arizona)

 

Arkansas

No travel restrictions for visitors

Arkansas COVID-19 Information Hub

Arkansas COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Traveler information (Arkansas Tourism)

 

California

Non-essential travel is discouraged, and travelers are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival

California COVID-19 Information Hub

Business and activity restrictions by county

COVID-19 cases by county

Traveler Information for the State (Visit California)

Traveler information by region (Visit California)

 

Colorado

No travel restrictions for visitors

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

14-day quarantine required for visitors from states with outbreaks that surpass set thresholds. Those states are reviewed regularly. If travelers can provide proof of a negative test taken within 72  hours of arrival, they are exempt from quarantine. Travelers who take a test after arrival must quarantine until the results come back negative. New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island are exempt.

Connecticut COVID-19 Information Hub

Latest guidance on rules, restrictions, and openings

Traveler Advice and Regulations (Visit CT)

 

Delaware

No travel restrictions for visitors

Delaware’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Advisory (Visit Delaware)

 

Florida

No travel restrictions for visitors

Florida’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Florida’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Florida’s Reopening Plan

Traveler Advice (Visit Florida)

Traveler Advisory Updates (Florida Health Department)

Walt Disney World parks information

 

Georgia

No travel restrictions for visitors

Georgia’s COVID-19 Hub

Department of Health Daily Status Report

Traveler Advice and what’s open (Explore Georgia)

 

Hawaii

Hawaii has strict requirements for travelers: Beginning Nov 24, all travelers to Hawaii must have a negative Covid test prior to boarding the last leg of their flight to Hawaii and must upload the results to the state’s Safe Travels website before arrival. Anyone without a test or proof of the results must quarantine for 10 days. Note that all out-of-state and inter-island travelers to Kaua’i must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, even if they have had a negative COVID-19 test.

Only certain tests are accepted here: FDA-approved NAAT nasal swab test from a CLIA-certified approved partner laboratory. Travelers to certain counties must submit to a second, rapid test upon arrival. Some airlines are offer pre-flight virus testing to Hawaii-bound passengers (see Airport and Airline Covid Testing: What You Need to Know.)

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  for travelers arriving to Kauai, Hawaii Island, or Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) as well, see the advisory from the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Hawaii COVID-19 Information Hub

Hawaii Safe Travels Hub and test results upload information

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Traveler resources and testing information (Hawaii Tourism Authority)

 

Idaho

No travel restrictions for visitors

Idaho’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Idaho’s Reopening Plan

Traveler Advice (Visit Idaho)

 

Illinois

The state has no restrictions for travelers, but Chicago does.

Chicago’s restrictions are color-coded by red, orange, and yellow according to their outbreak data compares to the situation in Chicago. Travelers coming from a state designated as Red must quarantine for 14 days (or the length of their stay, if it’s less than 14 days).  Travelers coming from Orange states must either quarantine for 14 days or have proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival to Chicago. Travelers from yellow states have no restrictions.

Illinois COVID-19 Information Hub

Chicago COVID-19 Information Hub

Restore Illinois reopening plan

Chicago reopening information

 

Indiana

No travel restrictions for visitors

Indiana’s COVID-19 Information Hub and Data Dashboard

Traveler Resources (Visit Indiana)

Traveler Resources for Indianapolis (Visit Indy/Indianapolis Tourism)

 

Iowa

No travel restrictions for visitors

Iowa’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Current Case Status Dashboard

Traveler Advice (Travel Iowa)

 

Kansas

14-day self-quarantine required for visitors from certain states and countries—and anyone who has been to mass event.

Kansas’s COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Travel KS)

 

Kentucky

14-day quarantine recommended for travelers who are from (or have been to) any state with a positive testing rate that surpasses a certain threshold, and travelers returning from any international trip.  The list of states is updated regularly.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Latest updates and openings

Travel Advisory (Kentucky state government)

 

Louisiana

No travel restrictions for visitors

Louisiana’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Information (Louisiana Travel Association)

 

Maine

Maine has a few layers of restrictions: Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont are exempt from quarantine and other travel restrictions (note: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are no longer exempt).

All other travelers must either 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.

Maine’s Coronavirus Hub

Division of Disease Surveillance and current data

Traveler Information (Maine state government)

Maryland

Visitors entering Maryland (including Maryland residents) are asked to quarantine for 10 days or until they get a negative Covid test. Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., are exempt.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Visit Maryland)

Guidance on Outdoor Activities

 

Massachusetts

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

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

Traveler Information (Michigan tourism)

 

Minnesota

Travel is discouraged, and visitors are asked to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening plan and phases

Travelers Guidance (Explore Minnesota)

 

Mississippi

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Mississippi Case and Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (Visit Mississippi)

 

Missouri

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Missouri Recovery Plan

Traveler Guidance (Visit Missouri)

 

Montana

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidance (Visit MT)

Contact Info for Montana’s Tribal Nations and Reservations

 

Nebraska

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Nebraska Case and Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services)

Traveler Guidance (Visit Nebraska)

 

Nevada

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening and phases plan

State-wide Traveler Information (Visit Nevada)

Traveler Information for Las Vegas (Visit Las Vegas)

 

New Hampshire

Travelers are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island) do not have to quarantine. Full details here.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler resources (Visit NH)

Info for out-of-state visitors

 

New Jersey

The state asks everyone coming into New Jersey to self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they are coming from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Delaware. This applies to travelers and NJ state residents. Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. Even those who have taken Covid tests are requested to quarantine for the full 14 days.

NJ’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Live Data Dashboard

Traveler Guidance (Visit NJ)

Reopening Plan

 

New Mexico

Quarantine rules depend on which state travelers are arriving from, and the list is updated regularly.
•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

Traveler information (New Mexico Tourism)

 

New York

Individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. After day 10 is reached, individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and if any develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare provider to report this change and determine if they should seek testing. Visitors must also fill out a travel health form. Failure to complete the form could result in $2,000 fine.

Travelers who follow a strict “test-quarantine-test” method, can bypass most of the 10-day quarantine. As explained on the state website, travelers must first get tested within three days of arrival in New York; then they must quarantine for four days when they arrive, and then take another test on day four of quarantine. If that test is negative also, then they may exit quarantine. Submission of the travel health form is required.

Delta, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic now require pre-flight Covid tests for any passengers flying from the U.K. to New York, per Governor Cuomo’s request.

New York State’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Phased Regional Reopening Information

Cases and Data Dashboard

NY State Traveler Information

New York City Traveler Information 

 

North Carolina

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance including beach information (Visit NC)

 

North Dakota

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Updates

Traveler Guidance (State Health Department)

Traveler Guidance (ND Tourism)

 

Ohio

Travelers coming from states with a 15% or higher positive testing rate (including Ohio residents coming back home) are advised to quarantine. The list is updated regularly.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Data Dashboard

Ohio Reopening Plan

 

Oklahoma

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidance (Oklahoma Department of Health)

Traveler Guidance (Oklahoma City)

 

Oregon

All travelers are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan and County Status

Travel Alerts (Travel Oregon)

 

Pennsylvania

Anyone without a test (including Pennsylvania residents who were out of state), must quarantine for 14 days. Visitors who have proof of a negative Covid test taken within 3 days of arrival do not have to quarantine. The state government has full details.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Hospital Data

Traveler information (Pennsylvania Department of Health)

 

Rhode Island

14-day quarantine is required for travelers from high-risk states (the list is updated regularly). Travelers with proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival are exempt from quarantine. Travelers who take a test during the two-week quarantine and receive a negative result can exit quarantine early but must monitor themselves for symptoms. All out-of-state visitors must complete a certificate of compliance and a travel screening form upon arrival; they will have to show the certificate of compliance when checking into accommodations. Full details here.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Visit Rhode Island)

Traveler Guidance (RI Department of Health)

 

South Carolina

No travel restrictions for visitors, but anyone who has traveled is advised to stay home as much as possible and to wear a mask in public.

COVID-19 Information Hub

State Parks Information

Traveler Guidance (State government)

 

South Dakota

No state travel restrictions for visitors, but some tribal lands are closed to anyone without a permit for providing essential or emergency services. See more information about tribal checkpoints here and here.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Reopening Plan

Cases and Data

Traveler Guidance (Travel South Dakota)

 

Tennessee

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler Guidance (Tennessee Vacation)

 

Texas

No travel restrictions for visitors

Texas’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler updates (state government)

Traveler Guidance (Travel Texas)

 

Utah

No travel restrictions for visitors

Utah’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Utah State Parks Information

Utah National Parks Information

Traveler Guidance (Visit Utah)

 

Vermont

14-day quarantine required for all visitors to the state, and all travelers are advised to sign up for two weeks of daily symptom-check reminders through the Sara Alert app. See guidance from state.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Traveler requirements and FAQ (Vermont state government)

Traveler Guidance (Vermont Tourism)

 

Virginia

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data

Traveler Information (Virginia Department of Health)

Traveler Guidance (Virginia Tourism)

 

Washington, D.C.

A negative test (taken within 72 hours of arrival) is required for travelers from jurisdictions with more than 10 cases per 100,000 people.  Any traveler staying in Washington, D.C. for more than 3 days must take another test within 3 to 5 days of arrival.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidance (Washington D.C. Tourism)

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

 

Washington State

All travelers are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days.

COVID-19 Information Hub

Cases and Data Dashboard

Reopening Plan

Traveler information (Washington state government)

 

West Virginia

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Traveler Guidances (West Viriginia Tourism)

 

Wisconsin

No state quarantine, but 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

No travel restrictions for visitors

COVID-19 Information Hub

Travel updates (Wyoming Department of Health)

Traveler Guidance (Wyoming Tourism)

 

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)

Mask requirements and business restrictions by state (The New York Times)

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)

How to Get a Quick Covid Test for Travel (WendyPerrin.com)

The Countries That Have Reopened to U.S. Travelers With No 14-Day Quarantine and What You’ll Find There (WendyPerrin.com)

How to Stay Safe on a Road Trip During Covid (WendyPerrin.com)

First-hand accounts from travelers (WendyPerrin.com)

 

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