Mass. dropping travel form requirements when new advisory goes into effect next week


The Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory beginning March 22, Gov. Charlie Baker’s office announced Thursday. The new travel advisory urges all persons entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more. Travelers were previously required to produce a negative test, quarantine and fill out a disclosure form, or face a $500/day fine for travel outside the state’s designated low-risk locations. The advisory does not apply to anyone in the following categories:Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours. Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions while they are commuting to or from or while at work.Travelers who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago and who do not have symptoms. Travelers are additionally encouraged to consult and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and requirements for travel.

The Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory beginning March 22, Gov. Charlie Baker’s office announced Thursday.

The new travel advisory urges all persons entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more.

Travelers were previously required to produce a negative test, quarantine and fill out a disclosure form, or face a $500/day fine for travel outside the state’s designated low-risk locations.

The advisory does not apply to anyone in the following categories:

  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours.
  • Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions while they are commuting to or from or while at work.
  • Travelers who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago and who do not have symptoms.

Travelers are additionally encouraged to consult and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and requirements for travel.