What to know about each state's quarantine or travel rules especially as holiday travel approaches.

By Alison Fox
Updated December 17, 2020
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a major impact on not only traveling abroad but in the U.S. as well, many states have taken precautions to prevent its spread within its community.

Travel, in general, has been put on the back burner (as staycations or even small novelties like taking a walk have become monumental means of escapism), but several states have created ways to get away while still remaining safe with measures like testing protocols. Others have referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for being safe while traveling.

The state-level travel restrictions and rules that have been implemented come as the CDC has dropped its recommendation for travelers to self-isolate and instead said they should follow local guidelines.

Below is a state-by-state breakdown of what travelers need to know about quarantine rules and travel restrictions if they’re planning a trip. For the number of coronavirus cases in each state and local protocols, please see their official state or health department websites listed for the most updated information.

Alabama

Alabama currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Alaska

Alaska requires visitors from out-of-state to submit a travel declaration and a self-isolation plan online before traveling. They then have to either arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure or get tested upon arrival for $250 and self-quarantine until the results are available. Alaska residents can get tested upon arrival for no charge.

Travelers must follow “strict social distancing” for five days after arrival

Alaska then recommends, but doesn’t require, travelers get a second test five to 14 days later.

Arizona

Arizona currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Arkansas

Arkansas currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

California

California imposed a regional stay-at-home order in December based on ICU bed capacity. In affected regions, hotels are not allowed to accept new or existing reservations for non-essential travel, except if the reservation is for the minimum time required to quarantine.

Additionally, the state is urging visitors as well as returning residents entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. Those who travel for essential reasons are exempt.

Notable closures: Disneyland Resort in California is expected to remain closed until at least 2021 even as the theme park has reopened shopping and dining in its Downtown Disney District. In addition, Lake Tahoe has closed to tourists for the holiday season.

Colorado

Colorado currently has no statewide travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining. However, Pitkin County — home to Aspen — requires visitors to complete an online travel affidavit, test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving, and be symptom-free for 10 days before traveling.

Please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants throughout the state are handling the pandemic.

Connecticut

Travelers heading to Connecticut must either self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or arrive with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test from within 72 hours and complete a travel health form if they are coming from a state with a test positivity rate of 10% over a 7-day rolling average, or coming from a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine for each violation.

Travelers from New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island are exempt from the order. Connecticut residents who travel to a neighboring affected state for less than 24 hours are also exempt.

Additionally, people who tested positive for the virus within 90 days and who have not been symptomatic for 10 days since the onset of symptoms are exempt from the order if they submit written proof of the test result to the Commissioner of Public Health.

Delaware

Delaware currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

District of Columbia

Washington D.C. requires anyone coming from a high-risk state (found in the link above) — which currently includes the majority of the country — to get tested within 72 hours of traveling, and not travel if they test positive for the virus. Visitors who stay in D.C. for more than three days will have to get re-tested within three to five days of arrival.

Travel to and from Maryland, Virginia, and Hawaii is exempt from the order.

Florida

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Florida currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic. Disney World and Universal are open with new health and safety protocols in place. 

Georgia

Georgia currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Hawaii

Hawaii allows visitors to skip the state’s mandatory quarantine if they arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a certified laboratory taken within 72 hours. Several airlines, including United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and American Airlines have introduced pre-flight testing programs for passengers heading to the Aloha state.

A partial inter-island quarantine order remains in effect between the islands of Kaua‘i, Maui, and the island of Hawai‘i. Additionally, the island of Kauai has opted out of the state’s travel testing program.

A second, free COVID-19 test may be required upon arrival at the airport in the county of Hawaii. Those who arrive without a negative test and violate the state’s 14-day mandatory self-quarantine may face fines of up to $5,000 and one year in prison.

Idaho

Idaho currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Illinois

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Illinois does not have statewide travel restrictions in place, but does recommend people “avoid travel to areas of higher risk.” Chicago, however, has implemented a color-coded advisory system, requiring either quarantine or testing protocols be followed depending on where travelers are coming from. 

Chicago has grouped states into yellow, orange, and red categories, requiring different protocols for each. Those coming from an “orange” state must obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of traveling or quarantine for 14 days; those coming from a “red” state must quarantine for the two week period; and travelers coming from a “yellow” state are asked to avoid non-essential travel, but are not required to quarantine or get tested.

Indiana

Indiana currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Iowa

Iowa currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Kansas

Kansas requires travelers who have been on a cruise ship or attended an out-of-state mass gathering of 500 people or more where guests do not social distance and wear masks to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health discourages all out-of-state travel. Anyone traveling for leisure purposes from another state is encouraged to self-quarantine for 14-days upon entering Kentucky.

Louisiana

 Louisiana currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Maine

Maine requires travelers to either arrive with a negative COVID-19 molecular or antigen test taken within 72 hours before arrival or quarantine for 10 days. Visitors from New Hampshire or Vermont are exempt from the order. 

Those who stay at a hotel will be asked to sign a Certificate of Compliance.

Maryland

Maryland does not have any statewide travel restrictions in place, but recommends Maryland residents get tested and self-quarantine while waiting for the results if they travel to a state with a positive rate of 10% or higher.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts requires travelers over 18 years old as well as unaccompanied minors to complete a travel form and either arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or quarantine for 14 days. Visitors from Hawaii — considered a lower-risk state with less than 10 average daily cases per 100,000 people and a positive test rate below 5% — are exempt from the order.

Those who do not comply with Massachusetts’ order are subject to a $500 fine per day.

Michigan

Michigan currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Minnesota

Minnesota is currently under a “Dial Back, Minnesota” period, in which residents are asked to stay home. Anyone visiting from out of state is asked to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Minnesota, and out-of-state travel is “highly discouraged.”

Mississippi

Mississippi currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Missouri

Missouri currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Montana

Montana currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Nebraska

Nebraska currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Nevada

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Nevada currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic. Notably, Las Vegas has opened with multiple health protocols in place. Recently, MGM Resorts announced they'd be closing during the week due to low demand. 

New Hampshire

Travelers heading to New Hampshire from non-New England states must self-quarantine for 10 days. Asymptomatic individuals with a negative PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantining can shorten or end their quarantine.

Those coming from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are exempt.

New Jersey

New Jersey requires anyone entering the state to follow CDC guidelines, either quarantining for 10 days; or getting tested one to three days before the trip, again three to five days after the trip, and quarantining for seven days. Visitors are also asked to fill out a voluntary online survey.

Visitors from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are exempt.

New Mexico

Travelers who come to New Mexico from high-risk states (defined as having a 5% positivity rate or higher on a 7-day rolling average or a positive test rate of more than 80 per 1 million residents) have to physically separate from others for at least 14 days. Those coming from low-risk states — which currently includes Hawaii — are exempt.

Those who don’t comply with the self-quarantine order are subject to an involuntary quarantine by the New Mexico Department of Health.

New York

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New York requires travelers to take a COVID-19 test within three days of their departure and then quarantine upon arrival for three days. On the fourth day, travelers can get tested again and if both tests are negative, they are allowed to leave quarantine. The new protocol replaces the state’s previous quarantine order.

New Yorkers who leave the state for less than 24 hours will be required to fill out a traveler information form when they return and get tested four days after coming back, but will not be subject to quarantine or have to complete any pre-departure testing.

Travelers who leave the airport without completing the state’s Traveler Health Form are subject to a $10,000 fine.

Visitors from New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania are exempt from the new order.

Notable closures: Broadway has gone dark through at least June 2021, and the city’s Metropolitan Opera won’t reopen until at least September 2021. The New York Philharmonic has also canceled its shows until June 2021, the first time in 178 years the renowned orchestra will miss a season. 

North Carolina

North Carolina currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

North Dakota

North Dakota currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Ohio

Ohio asks travelers coming from states with a positive test rate of 15% or higher to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma requires travelers “from an area with substantial community spread” to wear a face mask in public and limit participating in indoor gatherings for 10 to 14 days.

Oregon

Oregon asks people entering the state from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days. Oregon has also categorized counties in the state under different risk levels — Extreme, High, Moderate, and Lower Risk — based on cases per 100,000 residents, and implemented closures for each.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania requires visitors or returning residents to arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of traveling or quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Anyone who does not comply with the order could face a fine between $25 and $300.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island requires travelers to complete a certificate of compliance and out-of-state travel screening form upon arrival, which they have to give to their hotel when they check in. Travelers coming from a state with a positive rate of higher than 5% can either arrive with a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours or quarantine for 14 days. International travelers, however, are not eligible for the testing option.

South Carolina

South Carolina currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

South Dakota

South Dakota currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, but some tribal lands have put restrictions in place on traveling through their land. Please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic. 

Tennessee

Tennessee currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Texas

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Texas currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Utah

Utah currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Vermont

Vermont requires most visitors to the state to quarantine upon arrival, allowing them to test out of that quarantine with a PCR test on or after day 7. Visitors who are traveling to Vermont in a personal vehicle also have the option of quarantining at home (as well as using the test-out option after a week).

Vermont residents leaving the state for essential reasons like work or health care do not need to quarantine.

Virginia

Virginia currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, but recommends people who do follow the CDC’s guidelines and get tested one to three days before travel, and three to five days after travel, and “consider reducing non-essential activities for a full 7 days after travel if you get tested after travel or a full 10 days if you don’t get tested after travel.”

Please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Washington

Washington requires visitors and returning residents to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Those who travel for essential reasons are exempt.

West Virginia

West Virginia currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, but the state does not recommend Wisconsinites travel between multiple private homes within the state and several counties have issued travel advisories for seasonal and second homeowners. Please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Wyoming

Wyoming currently has no travel restrictions when it comes to crossing state lines or quarantining, please see the link above for information on how local businesses and restaurants are handling the pandemic.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.