U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions state by state

By Megan Marples and Forrest Brown | CNN

Editor’s note: This story was updated in its entirety on March 18 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans. Top photo: Ranch to Market Road 505 in West Texas / Lisa Roe

Total cases of Covid-19 have reached past the 29.6 million mark in the United States. Though some states continue to enforce travel restrictions and quarantines, in general more states have been moving toward looser restrictions or none at all in recent weeks. The situation remain in flux, though.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still warns against nonessential travel at this time. If you do decide to travel to another state, it is vital that you stay updated on the latest statewide regulations.

Even if some US states have no restrictions on allowing leisure travel, all their official websites have important Covid-19 safety information. For instance, some states still have mandates on face masks in public settings.

This list is alphabetical and includes links to state websites that have important details you should read before you cross state lines:

Alabama

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, visitors should be aware of the state’s mask mandate, as it applies to travelers, too. It’s effective through April 9 (though it’s been extended numerous times). You can check here for updates.

Alaska

Visitors to Alaska are no longer required to have a negative result from a Covid-19 test to enter, though voluntary testing within 72 hours of arrival is still highly recommended. You’re requested to upload results to the Alaska Safe Travels portal. Airport testing remains available. You can read this PDF file from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on testing recommendations and procedures.

Arizona

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona. Check here for updates. Here’s a direct link for information on Native American lands in the state. And you can click here to see the status of specific tourist sites.

Arkansas

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Arkansas. Check here for updates.

California

California has lifted its stay-at-home order but discourages out-of-state visitors. People are encouraged to quarantine for 10 days upon entering the state. 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 and self-quarantine for 10 days.

You can continue to check here for updates on California more generally.

Colorado

As of March 18, there were no travel restrictions in Colorado. You can check here for general updates about the state. You can click here for regional information about what’s open.

Connecticut

UPDATE: Starting Friday, March 19, Gov. Ned Lamont is rolling back Connecticut’s travel mandates. Covid-19 tests and quarantines are now just recommended but not required. Travelers are asked to follow CDC travel guidelines. Please check here for updates and details.

Delaware

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Delaware. Check here for updates.

Florida

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Florida. Check here for updates.

Georgia

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Georgia. Check here for updates.

Hawaii

Hawaii has a complicated and evolving set of travel requirements, and you can expect variation even within the islands. You should read them thoroughly before you plan a trip and check often for updates.

Travelers 5 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. For more information, check here for updates.

Idaho

As of March 18, there are no statewide travel restrictions in Idaho. Check here for updates.

Illinois

UPDATE: As of March 18, 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.

Indiana

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Indiana. Check here for updates.

Iowa

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Iowa. Anyone 2 and older is encouraged to wear a face covering in indoor public settings. Check here for updates and gathering restrictions.

Kansas

While mostly open, Kansas has some rather specific quarantine requirements subject to frequent change. Check here for updates and more details.

Kentucky

Out-of-state leisure travel is discouraged, but Kentucky has no official travel restrictions. If you decide to go anyway, the state asks you to self-quarantine for 14 days. Read Kentucky’s travel advisory here.

Louisiana

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Louisiana. Check here for updates.

Maine

UPDATE: 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 1, all states will be exempt unless determined otherwise by the Maine CDC. Check here for updates.

Maryland

UPDATE: Maryland no longer has Covid-19 travel restrictions, which were lifted last week by Gov. Larry Hogan. Find out more at VisitMaryland guide.

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. Check here for updates.

Michigan

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Michigan. Check here for updates.

Minnesota

As of March 18, there were no official statewide travel restrictions in Minnesota. Find out more: Explore Minnesota | Minnesota Department of Health.

Mississippi

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Mississippi. Check here for updates.

Missouri

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Missouri. Check here for updates.

Montana

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Montana. Travel restrictions might vary at Native American reservations. Please check here for updates.

Nebraska

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Nebraska. International travelers have Covid-19 testing and quarantining requirements, which can be found here.

Nevada

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Nevada. Check here for updates.

New Hampshire

UPDATE: 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 had 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. Check here for important details.

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. Please click here for details and updates.

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. Check here for updates.

New York

UPDATE: Starting April 1, 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 1, travelers from states that do not border New York will still be required to follow Covid-19 testing and quarantine guidelines. You can check here for crucial details on those guidelines and ways to exempt out.

North Carolina

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in North Carolina. Check here for updates and details.

North Dakota

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in North Dakota. Check here for updates.

Ohio

UPDATE: On March 10, Ohio eliminated its domestic travel restrictions. The state encourages travelers to follow CDC guidance. Check here for details.

Oklahoma

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Oklahoma. Check here for updates.

Oregon

People arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Nonessential travel, which includes tourism, is discouraged. Check here for updates and details. Oregon also has a county-by-county risk assessment map you can check before you travel.

Pennsylvania

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Pennsylvania. Check here for updates.

Puerto Rico

To visit this US commonwealth, you need a negative result from a Covid-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before arrival. If you come without a test result, you must self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of the trip, whichever is shorter. You must also fill out an online travel declaration form. Please check here for details and updates.

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. You can check here for updates.

South Carolina

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in South Carolina. Check here for updates.

South Dakota

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in South Dakota. Some routes through Native American lands might be closed. Check here for updates.

Tennessee

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Tennessee. Check here for updates.

Texas

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Texas. Check here for updates.

Utah

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Utah, though there is a statewide mask mandate. Check here for updates.

Vermont

Vermont has had one of the strictest travel policies and one of the lowest Covid-19 rates in the country. 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 reading. Check here for updates.

Virginia

As of March 18, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Virginia. The state suggests getting tested one to three days before travel and again three to five days after you return. Check here for updates.

Washington, DC

Visitors are asked to get a test within 72 hours of traveling, and if the test is positive, don’t travel. A PCR test is preferred over antigen test. If you’re visiting DC for more than three days, you are asked to limit activities until you get a second test three to five days after your arrival. If that result is negative, you can expand what you do. There are notable 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 or Virginia.

Check here for updates and important details. And you can click here for the status of tourist-oriented sites.

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