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Travel Restrictions and Requirements by State

PeterGreenberg.com is breaking down the latest travel restrictions state by state. 

4-11-2021

 

Alabama:

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, there is a statewide mask mandate effective through April 9th. You can check here for updates: https://alabama.travel/my-trip/staying-safe/covid-19

 

Alaska:

As of February 14th, Alaska no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test for entry. However, you’re requested to upload results to the Alaska Safe Travels portal. Airport testing remains available.

It is highly recommended that travelers get tested within 72 hours of arriving in Alaska. 

For more detailed and local information visit here: https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/

 

Arizona:

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona. Check here for updates: https://tourism.az.gov/covid-19-updates-2/

Starting March 25th, bars can resume normal operations. Also, local mask mandates have been lifted. Masks are still encouraged. 

 

Arkansas:

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Arkansas. The mask mandate has been lifted, but businesses still have the right to require masks.  Most businesses remain open, but bars and other establishments that serve alcohol must close by 11 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-health-guidances

 

California:

California has lifted its stay-at-home order. Would-be visitors are advised by the state to call ahead for possible local restrictions, and you can click here to find out local travel information. For instance, Los Angeles County requires visitors to fill out this online travel form.

Travelers are not required but are encouraged to quarantine for 7-10 days upon arrival to the state. Masks are required. 

Click here for updates and local travel information: https://www.visitcalifornia.com/latest-covid-19-coronavirus/

 

Colorado:

There are no statewide restrictions in Colorado. A modified statewide mask mandate is in place and dependent upon the county.

Each county is designated a level. Based on the level, the county must follow certain guidelines and restrictions. Most counties do not have strict restrictions, but be sure to check ahead of time in case it does. 

For more information and updates, visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/travel

 

Connecticut:

As of March 19th, Governor Ned Lamont is rolling back Connecticut’s travel mandates. COVID-19 tests and quarantines are now just recommended but not required.

Masks are required. Outdoor amusement parks, outdoor event venues and indoor stadiums will reopen starting April 2nd. 

For more information, visit, https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel

 

Delaware:

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Delaware. The state has a mask mandate and most businesses are open. Restaurants, retail stores, gyms and other businesses are allowed to serve up to 50% of their stated fire capacity.

Outdoor gathering limit has been increased to 150 people. 

For more information and updates, visit: https://www.visitdelaware.com/travel-advisory/

 

Florida:

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Florida. Curfew has been announced in Miami Beach due to spring break crowds. The curfew is from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will remain in effect until at least April 12th. Traffic restrictions are in place during the curfew, while businesses in the busy South Beach area must close.

All businesses are open with no required capacity restrictions unless mandated by a local county or private business. 

 

For more information, visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/

 

Georgia:

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Georgia.

Governor Brian Kemp was one of the first governors to reopen his state. He also pushed back on local mask mandates but has since backtracked. Atlanta has been allowed to implement the mask mandate. As of  April 8th, there is no longer a ban on gatherings and a shelter-in-place requirement for medically fragile individuals. Distance restrictions for restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses have been reduced.

For more information, visit: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-travel

 

Hawaii:

Travelers who are five and older who want to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative COVID-19 test results — from a trusted testing partner — taken within 72 hours of the final leg of departure. You must upload your negative test result to the Safe Travels system before you leave or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of a negative test result before boarding your flight.

Travelers to the island of Kauai must quarantine for the full 10 days regardless of a negative test result.

Masks are required in public spaces. 

For more information on the quickly changing requirements, visit: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

 

Idaho:

As of February 25th, there are no statewide travel restrictions in Idaho. The state does not have a statewide mask mandate. For more information, visit: https://visitidaho.org/covid-19-travel-alert/

Night clubs have reopened, and the gathering limit has been expanded to 50. Religious and political events are exempt from this gathering limit. 

 

Illinois:

As of March 28th, there were no statewide restrictions in Illinois, but visitors heading to Chicago have been placed in two categories — orange and yellow. People from an orange state must quarantine for 10 days unless they have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours old or have been vaccinated and meet inoculation guidelines. There are no specific requirements if you’re coming from a yellow state. Check here for more information before you travel to Chicago and see whether your state is orange or yellow. Check here for information on the rest of Illinois.

Capacity limits will be removed once 50% of all residents 16 and older are vaccinated. The capacity limits will also be rolled back once 70% of senior citizens are vaccinated. 

 

Indiana:

There are no statewide travel restrictions for Indiana. The state has a mask mandate, and most businesses remain open. For more information, visit: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

After April 6th, the health department will offer a mask advisory and guidance on gatherings, but it will be up to local authorities and businesses to implement restrictions. Masks will be required in state buildings, vaccination sites and K-12 schools.

 

Iowa:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. Governor Kim Reynolds removed a statewide mask mandate.

Mass gatherings and events do not have a capacity limit.

For more information and updates, visit: https://www.traveliowa.com/aspx/general/dynamicpage.aspx?id=204

 

Kansas:

Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine upon arrival in Kansas (listed below). The length of quarantine depends on whether you have been tested for COVID-19. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas.

  • Traveled on or after March 12th to the states of New Jersey or New York.
  • Traveled on or after March 12th to the countries of Estonia or the State of Palestine.
  • Traveled on or after February 26th to the countries of Mayotte, Czechia, San Marino or Montenegro.
  • Attended/traveled to mass gathering events out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals do not socially distance (six feet) and wear masks.
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15th.
  • Others needing to continue quarantining — if you have received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are in close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

 

For more information, visit: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran

 

Kentucky:

Out-of-state leisure travel is discouraged, but Kentucky has no official travel restrictions. If you decide to travel, the state asks you to self-quarantine for 14 days. The state has a mask mandate. Businesses remain mostly open. For more information and updates, visit: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-travel-advisory

 

Louisiana:

There is no longer a capacity limit on restaurants, bars, salons, gyms and shopping malls. 

There are no statewide travel restrictions. Everyone 8 and older must wear a mask in public spaces, indoors and outdoors, unless social distancing can be maintained.

There are no statewide travel restrictions. For more information, visit: https://www.louisianatravel.com/travel-alerts

 

Maine:

Travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival or fill out a travel protocol form  stating they’ve received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. You may also get tested upon arriving in Maine but must quarantine while awaiting results. Residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are exempt. Starting May 1st, all states will be exempt unless determined otherwise by the Maine CDC.

Indoor gathering limits increased to 50% of capacity while outdoor gatherings limits increased to 75% of capacity. Gathering limits will be relaxed again in May. Bars have reopened.

The state has a mask mandate. For updates, visit:https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy

 

Maryland:

As of March 12th, restrictions including all capacity restrictions on dining (both indoor and outdoor), retail, personal services, religious buildings, indoor recreation, fitness centers and casinos are lifted.

Large indoor and outdoor venues — used for weddings, concerts, conventions, theaters, racing or sports — will remain at 50% capacity.

Maryland has a statewide mask mandate.

 

 

Massachusetts:

Visitors 19 and older and returning residents must complete a travel form before arriving in Massachusetts unless they are arriving from a state designated by the Department of Public Health as low risk

Otherwise, visitors must quarantine for 10 days, have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or test upon arrival and quarantine until a negative result is returned. You could be fined $500 a day if you don’t comply.

As of March 12th, large stadiums and arenas may open at 12% of capacity. Public indoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed and public outdoors gatherings of up to 150 people will be allowed. Private indoor gatherings remain capped at 10 people, and private outdoor get togethers are limited to 25 participants.

Masks are mandatory.

For more information, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order#lower-risk-states-

 

Michigan:

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Michigan.

Restaurants, bars, retail stores and indoor entertainment venues may operate at 50% of capacity. Non-residential gatherings may expand to 25 people indoors or 300 outdoors, while residential gatherings may increase to 15 people indoors or 50 outdoors.

The state has a mask mandate. For more information, visit: https://www.michigan.org/guidelinesfortravelers

 

Minnesota:

There are no statewide travel restrictions, but health officials are asking that people quarantine upon arrival and follow other CDC guidelines. The state has a mask mandate.

Indoor dining can now operate at 75% capacity (max 250 people). Gyms and fitness centers can operate at 50% capacity (max 250 people). 

For more information, visit: https://mn.gov/tourism-industry/coronavirus.jsp

 

Mississippi:

Governor Tate Reeves announced the end to all county mask mandates and that businesses can reopen at 100% capacity. The new orders went into effect on March 3rd. Remaining restrictions include a mask requirement at K-12 schools and a 50% occupancy limit at indoor arenas

For updates, visit: https://visitmississippi.org/covid-19-travel-alert/

 

Missouri:

As of February 25th, there were no statewide travel restrictions. Masks are not mandatory, and businesses are mostly open. St. Louis has its own restrictions. For more information, visit: https://www.visitmo.com/travel-updates

 

Montana:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. Restaurants and bars are no longer required to close by 10 p.m. each night, and there are no longer limits on business capacity or gathering sizes. The statewide mask mandate expired.

For more information, visit: https://www.visitmt.com/montana-aware

 

Nebraska:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. The state does not have a mask mandate, and most businesses are open. For more information and updates, visit: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Traveler-Recommendations.aspx

 

Nevada:

As of March 15th, nearly all businesses will be allowed to operate at 50% of capacity, and public gatherings may increase to 250 individuals or 50% of capacity, whichever is less.

There are no statewide travel restrictions. The state has a mask mandate, and most businesses are open though some have capacity limits. For more information, visit: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/travel-visitors/travelers-visitors/

 

New Hampshire:

Domestic visitors to New Hampshire no longer need to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test to travel to New Hampshire, but it is still recommended to get tested three to five days after arrival. However, people who have traveled internationally within 10 days of arriving in New Hampshire or have been on a cruise ship do need to follow testing and quarantine protocols unless they meet certain exceptions.

Retail businesses can now operate at 100% capacity. 

New Hampshire has a mask mandate, and most businesses are open. For more information, visit: https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/out-state-visitors

 

New Jersey:

Tourism is discouraged. Travelers from anywhere other than New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging with the following in mind:

— If travel is unavoidable, you should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) one to three days before the trip and again three to five days afterward.

— If you test negative, you should quarantine for seven days after travel.

— If testing is not available or results are delayed, you should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

— You’re requested to fill out a voluntary online survey.

The state has a mask mandate, and businesses remain mostly open at varying capacity limits. 

For more information, visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

 

New Mexico:

People traveling from out-of-state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter. Exemptions from low-risk states are allowed, but currently, only Hawaii is deemed low risk.

The state has a mask mandate. Most businesses can operate at a limit of 25% capacity. Outdoor dining is limited to 75% capacity. For more information, visit: https://www.newmexico.org/covid-19-traveler-information/

 

 

New York:

Starting April 1st, the quarantine protocols on domestic travel to New York will be lifted, according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. People will still be asked to fill out a New York state traveler heath form. Until April 1st, travelers from states that do not border New York will still be required to follow COVID-19 testing and quarantine guidelines.

Restrictions on residential and social gatherings will be eased beginning on March 22nd, as will limits on events at more sports, arts and entertainment venues beginning on April 2nd. Occupancy for indoor dining may increase to 50% of capacity in New York City, and 75% in areas outside of New York City, beginning on March 19th. Dometic travelers coming to New York will no longer be subject to quarantine requirements, beginning on April 1st.

As of April 5th, the 11 p.m. curfew for certain businesses, including movie theaters and gyms, will be lifted.

The state has a mask mandate. For details and updates, visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

 

North Carolina:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. Governor Roy Cooper has further relaxed the state restrictions. Retail businesses and salons no longer have a capacity limit. Restaurants and gyms can operate up to 75% capacity. Bas and movie theaters can now operate up to 50% capacity. There is no longer a restriction on late night alcohol sales. Gathering limits were also relaxed, allowing groups of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. 

The state has a mask mandate. For more information, visit: https://www.nc.gov/covid19

 

North Dakota:

There are no statewide travel restrictions.

There is no longer a mask mandate. And business capacity limits are now only a recommendation. 

For more information, visit: https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/travel-guidance.

 

Ohio:

Ohio eliminated its domestic travel restrictions. The state encourages travelers to follow CDC guidance. Check here for details.

As of March 2nd, Governor Mike DeWine allowed sporting and entertainment events to reopen at 25% of capacity indoors and 30% of capacity outdoors.

The state has a mask mandate. For more information, visit: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/families-and-individuals/COVID-19-Travel-Advisory/COVID-19-Travel-Advisory

 

Oklahoma:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. The state does not have a mask mandate however travelers are encouraged to wear one if they are coming from a high-risk area. Businesses are mostly open. For more information, visit: https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/resources-recommendations/travel.html

 

Oregon:

Travelers are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, and nonessential travel is discouraged. Masks are required throughout the state.  Restrictions depend on the county. In red counties, businesses must require remote work if possible. Indoor dining is prohibited. Outdoor dining is capped at 50 people and cannot include more than six individuals in a party. Retail stores can operate at 50% occupancy.

For more information, visit: https://traveloregon.com/travel-alerts/#covid

 

Pennsylvania:

As of March 1st, travelers arriving in Pennsylvania are no longer required to quarantine for 10 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test result. The state encourages masking, physical distancing and hand hygiene. Indoor dining and gyms can now reach a capacity of 75%. Indoor events can now reach 25% and outdoor events can reach 50%.

For more information, visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

 

***Puerto Rico***

Travelers entering the island are required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal, get a PCR molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) no more than 72 hours prior to visiting, and show proof of a negative result or they must quarantine. A rapid test will not be accepted. Without a test result, you must self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of your trip, whichever is shorter. You must also fill out an online travel declaration form. 

There is an island-wide curfew in effect from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., except for emergencies. As of March 15th, cinemas and restaurants increased capacity to 50%. The night curfew will remain effective through April 11th.

For more information, visit: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-guidelines

 

Rhode Island:

Those traveling to Rhode Island from a state that has a positive testing rate of 5% or more must quarantine for 10 days. Travelers can opt out of the quarantine if they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. This exception does not apply to international arrivals. You can check that list of states here. Those waiting on test results must self-quarantine until a negative test result arrives. You must also fill out a certificate of compliance and a travel screening form. You still must follow quarantine guidance if you’ve gotten a COVID-19 vaccine. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and finished your isolation period, you are not required to quarantine or retest unless you display symptoms.

 

Masks are mandatory. For updates, visit: https://covid.ri.gov/protect-your-household/travel-tofrom-ri

 

South Carolina:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. Masks are no longer required in restaurants and state buildings. Governor Henry McMaster lifted the restrictions on sale of alcohol after 11 p.m. and the 250 people limit on social gatherings.

For more information, visit: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/resources-community-covid-19/travelers-covid-19

 

South Dakota:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. Some routes through Native American lands may be closed. The state does not have a mask mandate, and businesses are mostly open. For details, visit: https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/coronavirus-covid-19

 

Tennessee:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. The state doesn’t have a mask mandate. However, local officials can enforce a mask mandate.  For updates, visit: https://www.tnvacation.com/travel-safe

 

Texas:

As of March 8th, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Texas. The mask mandate has been lifted and as of March 10th, businesses of any type were allowed to open 100%. For updates, visit: https://gov.texas.gov/travel-texas/page/covid19

 

Utah:

There were no statewide travel restrictions. The state has a mask mandate but it is expected to be lifted on April 10th. For more information, visit: https://www.visitutah.com/plan-your-trip/responsible-travel

 

Vermont:

There’s a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival for nonessential travel. If you’re fully vaccinated, meaning it’s been at least two weeks since your final dose, you do not need to quarantine. You have the option of taking a COVID-19 PCR test on day seven of the quarantine and ending the quarantine early with a negative test. Now, two vaccinated households can gather together at one time.

The state has a mask mandate, and some businesses including bars are closed. For more information, visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/travel-quarantine/visitors-vermont#athome

 

Virginia:

Governor Ralph S. Northam lifted the night curfew, relaxed limits on outdoor social gatherings to 25 people, and attendance caps for entertainment venues to 1,000 people. Bars and restaurants that sell alcohol may stay open until midnight.

There are no statewide travel restrictions. However, health officials recommend getting tested before you travel and after you return. Virginia has a statewide mask mandate. For more details, visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/

 

***Washington D.C.***

Visitors are asked to get a test within 72 hours of traveling. A PCR test is preferred over an antigen test. If you’re visiting D.C. for more than three days, you are asked to limit activities until you get a second test three to five days after your arrival. There are exceptions that don’t require testing.:

— If you have been fully vaccinated within 90 days and do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

— If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and don’t have symptoms now.

— If you’re from Maryland, Virginia, North Dakota or Hawaii.

Weddings, graduations and other ceremonies can take place indoors and outdoors with capacity limits.

There is a mask mandate. For updates, visit: https://washington.org/dc-information/coronavirus-travel-update-washington-dc

 

Washington State:

There are no statewide travel restrictions. Governor Jay Inslee encourages following the CDC guidelines. The state has a mask mandate.

Governor Jay Inslee announced that occupancy limits would be relaxed to 50% of capacity for restaurants, gyms and other businesses, beginning on March 22nd.

For updates, visit: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/travelers-commuters

 

West Virginia:

Governor Jim Justice lifted occupancy restrictions for restaurants, bars, gyms, museums and retail stores, and allowed public gatherings of up to 100 people. Beginning on May 1st, fairs, festivals and summer camps will be allowed to resume.

There are no statewide travel restrictions. The state has a mask mandate. For more information, visit: https://wvtourism.com/travel-responsibly/

 

Wisconsin:

There is no statewide mask mandate for people outdoors. There are no statewide travel restrictions. For more information, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/travel.htm

 

Wyoming:

Governor Mark Gordon removed the statewide mask requirement. Bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms are allowed to resume normal operations.

There are no statewide travel restrictions. For more information, visit: https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-orders-and-guidance/

 

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