COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions By State

Last updated on 09/10/2021

Like many elements of travel, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on domestic travel. Constantly changing restrictions and guidelines leave many travelers unsure about how to travel between states and what will be required of them upon arrival. To help clarify the situation, InsureMyTrip has aggregated recent data from reliable sources and condensed it into maps, which will be updated as necessary, to reflect the latest restrictions and guidelines for each state.

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So, before hitting the road on your next U.S. adventure, check our travel restrictions guide to ensure you know what to expect.

COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions by US State

For some states, it appears slightly more complex than simply "do I need to quarantine upon arrival or not?" A significant number of states offer COVID-19 testing in lieu of a mandatory quarantine.

Additionally, many states are implementing mandatory documentation upon arrival and health screening at airports. Read more about which states to expect this in below.

Data below last updated 9/9/2021

State Further Explanation
Alabama As of September 9, Alabama has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Alaska As of February 14, 2021, travelers and returning residents are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. However, anyone who tests positive is still not allowed to travel. Governor Dunleavy has announced new health advisories and guidelines. As of March 12, the state's official Safe Travels website reflects the Governor's updated guidelines and states that travelers are "advised" to submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan and arrive with a negative melecular based COVID-19 test. Despite the relaxing of these restrictions, we still recommend abiding by the CDC's guidelines for quarantine and encourage travelers to get tested prior to traveling to Alaska. Beginning June 1, all travelers arriving at Alaska's participating airports will be able to get a free Covid-19 vaccine if they're not already vaccinated.
Arizona As of September 9, Arizona has no statewide travel restrictions. Travelers should note that some restrictions may be in place for Native American lands. Local restrictions and mask mandates may also apply.
Arkansas As of September 9, Arkansas has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
California As of January 25, 2021 California lifted its statewide stay-at-home order, however some local orders may still restrict activities. With one of the nation’s highest vaccination rates and lowest case rates, California is open to welcome visitors. Large events (over 10,000 people outdoors or 1,000 indoors), including theme parks and large sporting events, may have vaccination or testing requirements. Attendees should check guidelines with event operators when buying tickets or making reservations. California is aligned with federal rules on face coverings, meaning they could be required in some congested environments. California has issued a travel advisory that recommends caution and suggests self-quarantines for unvaccinated visitors from out of state and Californians returning to the state, but those steps are not mandatory. Masks are required for everyone in indoor public settings in many counties, including Los Angeles, and recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for indoor public settings in most of the state.
Colorado As of September 9, Colorado had no statewide travel restrictions, however, the government still encourages travelers to follow the CDC’s travel recommendations. Non-essential travel is not recommended for people who have not been fully vaccinated. Local restrictions and mask mandates may also apply.
Connecticut As of March 19, 2021, Connecticut no longer requires quarantine or testing in lieu of quarantine. Additionally, the new travel advisory states that travelers are no longer be required to fill out a CT Travel Health Form to travel, and the government will no longer be providing Travel Complaint Forms. Mandated self-quarantine is no longer required in Connecticut, but travelers should continue to follow CDC guidelines on quarantine after traveling and observe any local mask mandates.
Delaware As of September 9, Delaware has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
District of Columbia Guidance now states the testing requirement is waived if an individual has been fully vaccinated and does not have COVID-19 symptoms. The requirement is also waived for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and don't have symptoms. Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test. It is recommended to travel with your vaccination card with you in case documentation is required. Unvaccinated visitors do not need a COVID-19 test if they are traveling from Maryland and Virginia or if they're in DC less than 24 hours. Unvaccinated travelers from other states must get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before visiting DC. If a traveler tests positive while in DC, they must complete their isolation before traveling home, and susceptible close contacts must complete a 10-day quarantine. As of July 31, all people over age two must wear a mask indoors in DC regardless of vaccination status. There are no exceptions to indoor mask requirements.
Florida As of September 9, Florida has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates. Travelers should also note that Florida is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.
Georgia As of September 9, Georgia has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Hawaii Travelers entering the state from the U.S. and its territories who have been fully vaccinated in the United States (including its territories) may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to Safe Travels and printed out prior to departure and the traveler must have a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. Hawaii will also accept vaccine records that are digitally validated by Digital Health Pass Partners (CLEAR and CommonPass). Travelers who use one of the State’s partners to link their digitally validated vaccine records with Safe Travels may enjoy expedited processing at the airport (no secondary visual inspection of paper vaccine records). Travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawai‘i are already eligible for this exception. The state continues to offer other travelers a pre-travel test option. Travelers wishing to use the pre-travel test to bypass quarantine must have a negative result from a test taken from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner no more than 72 hours BEFORE beginning the final leg of their trip. Anyone without a negative test result or U.S. vaccination PRIOR to departure must quarantine upon arrival. The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. Previously, all restrictions on travel were to be lifted when the state reached a 70% vaccination rate. However, due to the Delta variant and a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, travel restrictions will stay in place for the time being.
Idaho While Idaho has no statewide travel restrictions, travelers to Boise, Twin Falls and some other municipalities are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days and must observe all local mandates.
Illinois Illinois has no statewide travel restrictions, however, an Emergency Travel Advisory still applies to people entering/returning to the city of Chicago. States and territories are now placed in two categories based on outbreak rates: Orange and Yellow. Orange states have daily case rates greater than 15 per 100,000 people. As of September 9, orange states include all U.S. states and territories. Yellow states have daily case rates under 15 per 100,000, which no states or territories currently meet. Any unvaccinated people traveling from these states and territories are advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test provided more than 2 weeks has passed since the final dose was administered and they are asymptomatic. It is recommended that you bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination records while traveling.
Indiana As of September 9, Indiana has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Iowa As of September 9, Iowa has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Kansas While Kansas is mostly open for travel, the state has very specific criteria for travel restrictions. Make sure to check the state's resource page to see if they apply to you. Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria: Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); are within 6 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; have remained asymptomatic since the travel. Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.
Kentucky On April 2, 2021, Kentucky updated its restrictions and now recognizes and defers to the CDC's updated travel guidance, which states that fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine. Travel is discouraged until you have been fully vaccinated and two weeks has passed since the administration of the final dose. Kentucky defers to the CDC guidance on travel.
Louisiana As of September 9, Louisiana has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Maine As of May 1, travelers from all states will be able to travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If a state experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Maine CDC will apply testing and quarantine protocols to all travelers from that state. Travelers from those states must sign a Certificate of Compliance, which indicates a negative COVID-19 test result, commitment to quarantine in Maine for 10 days, or that quarantine in Maine was completed. Previously, individuals who had completed a COVID-19 vaccination series and were 14 days beyond the completion of the series were exempt from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirement above, regardless of their state of origin. Additionally, an individual who had a positive COVID-19 molecular or antigen test was exempt from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirement above for 90 days (3 months) after their first positive test, provided they remained asymptomatic. As of July 28, 2021, Maine will follow the U.S. CDC’s updated face-covering guidance that recommends all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings in indoor, public settings in areas with “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission.
Maryland Effective March 12, 2021, quarantine requirements and other restrictions on out-of-state travel have been lifted. A Maryland Department of Health (MDH) travel advisory remains in place, and Marylanders are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon their return from out-of-state travel. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Massachusetts In Massachusetts, if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The state still recommends that unvaccinated people do not travel, but there are no longer any formal travel restrictions.
Michigan As of September 9, Michigan has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Minnesota As of September 9, Minnesota has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Mississippi As of September 9, Mississippi has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with any mask mandates.
Missouri As of September 9, Missouri has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Montana As of September 9, Montana has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Nebraska As of September 9, Nebraska has no statewide travel restrictions but restrictions still apply to international travelers. We recommend that domestic travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Nevada As of September 9, Nevada has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
New Hampshire Domestic travel within the U.S. outside of New England no longer requires quarantine upon return to NH, although people are recommended to still follow the CDC's travel guidance, including wearing a well-fitted face mask while traveling, practicing social distancing, getting tested 3-5 days after travel (with a molecular or PCR-based test), and limiting public interactions after travel (even if not required to quarantine). Travelers should note that those who have have been on a cruise ship do need to follow testing and quarantine protocols unless they meet certain exceptions.
New Jersey As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. The CDC, however, has recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Travelers leaving New Jersey should check with the travel destination and transportation carrier (i.e., airline, cruise ship, etc.) to see if there are additional health and safety protocols or requirements, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test within days of departure. Travelers should also check with their employers, schools, and other entities that may have quarantine policies for individuals returning from travel. Currently, the CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. Domestic travelers who are unvaccinated should get tested 1-3 days before their trip, 3-5 days after travel, and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after domestic travel. For those traveling to New Jersey, domestic travel is defined as lasting 24 hours or longer to states or U.S. territories other than those connected to New Jersey, such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware.
New Mexico Effective February 11, 2021, New Mexico will no longer require self-quarantine for travelers arriving from "high-risk" states. Instead, visitors from outside of the state are strongly advised to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and to get a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in or return to New Mexico. Some travel restrictions in New Mexico are now enforced at the county level, so be sure to check your specific destinations for local restrictions before you go. Effective August 20, New Mexico will require all individuals aged 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask in all public indoor spaces.
New York As of June 25, New York has removed all travel restrictions. The Traveler Health Form is no longer required. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates. Travelers visiting New York City should note that mask mandates and even proof of vaccination may be required at indoor businesses.
North Carolina As of September 9, North Carolina has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
North Dakota As of September 9, North Dakota has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Ohio Effective March 10, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will no longer issue a travel advisory for those entering Ohio after traveling to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher. Instead, ODH is revising its travel guidance to encourage Ohioans to carefully review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance when considering travel and comply with mask mandates.
Oklahoma As of September 9, Oklahoma has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with any mask mandates.
Oregon Oregon no has statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with any mask mandates. To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective August 27, Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor and outdoor settings statewide, regardless of vaccination status. Some Oregon businesses are starting to require proof of a vaccination as well.
Pennsylvania As of March 1, 2021 the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating To Travel is no longer in effect. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene.
Puerto Rico Vaccinated travelers are no longer required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result but must upload their vaccination cards to the Travel Declaration Form portal, which produces a QR code to proceed. Travelers are required to upload their official vaccination card. A copy will not be accepted. Unvaccinated travelers are required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If the traveler arrives without a test, they must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or they will receive a $300 fine. If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense. If staying longer than one week, unvaccinated travelers must continue to get tested weekly. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Those unvaccinated or between the ages of 2 and 11 must also wear masks in public areas when unable to social distance.
Rhode Island If you're traveling to Rhode Island from a location within the United States (U.S.) or U.S. territories, you’re not currently required to quarantine or get tested after arrival whether or not you're vaccinated. However, the state still recommends that if you’re not yet fully vaccinated, get tested with a viral COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel within the U.S. and U.S. territories and stay home and quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Even if your test result is negative, stay home and quarantine for 7 days. If your test result is positive, isolate at home away from others. If you don’t get tested, stay home and quarantine for 10 days after travel. Whether or not you get tested, avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days after travel. If you’re fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you do not need to get tested or quarantine after arrival in Rhode Island. You're fully vaccinated if you’ve gotten all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 14 days have passed since the final dose.
South Carolina As of September 9, South Carolina has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
South Dakota As of September 9, South Dakota has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates. Special restrictions may apply to Native American lands. Travelers should also be aware that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may contribute to significant community spread, especially with the highly transmissible Detal variant.
Tennessee As of September 9, Tennessee has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Texas As of September 9, Texas has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Utah As of September 9, Utah has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Vermont As part of Vermont's phased reopening plan, there is new travel guidance. Domestic travelers are no longer required to test or quarantine. CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Travelers should follow the guidelines of the state or county they visit. These rules may be different state by state or county by county. Keep in mind that mask mandates may vary, so we recommend keeping a face covering with you at all times. Be sure to carry your COVID-19 vaccination card with you in case a business or venue asks for verification.
Virginia As of September 9, Virginia has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Washington As of March 19, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee rescinded his November 2020 Travel Advisory and is advising Washingtonians and others visiting Washington to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance. If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others: If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public. Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Beginning August 23, a statewide mask mandate will go into affect for indoor public spaces, which includes everyone regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
West Virginia As of September 9, West Virginia has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Wisconsin As of September 9, Wisconsin has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.
Wyoming As of September 9, Wyoming has no statewide travel restrictions. We recommend that travelers continue to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines and comply with mask mandates.

Traveling Safely During the Pandemic

If you do plan on traveling during the pandemic, be sure to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you. We recommend the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive guide to traveling safely during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Packing Checklist

To make sure you are well prepared, we have created a simple packing checklist for your travels:

  • Face Mask
    • Wear this at all times in public spaces
    • If it is a fabric mask, be sure to wash it regularly
  • Hand Sanitizer
    • Apply before and after touching public surfaces or items, as well as before and after eating or drinking
  • Anti-bacterial Wipes
    • Perfect for wiping down door handles, gas pumps, steering wheels, and any other hard surfaces you may touch
  • Contactless Payment Card
    • Cash is a high-touch item often passed between multiple people
  • Non-perishable Food
    • This will minimize food stops and limit exposure to others
    • Non-perishable food also prepares for unexpected restaurant closures
    • Avoid eating and drinking in public as this will require the removal of your mask
  • Prescription Medicine
    • When possible, arrange to pick this up curbside to avoid unnecessary contact
  • Carry-on Luggage
    • If you are flying, opt for carry-on luggage so you can avoid lingering in crowded spaces at baggage claim
    • You also have better control over who touches your luggage
  • Essential Clothing Only
    • Consider packing light to fit your belongings in a carry-on
    • Be sure to wash your clothing regularly, especially once they have been exposed to the public

U.S. State Sources for COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

State Source for Updates
Alabama https://covid19.alabama.gov/
Alaska https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/
Arizona https://www.azdhs.gov/
Arkansas https://healthy.arkansas.gov/
California https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
Colorado https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe
Connecticut https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel
Delaware https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/index.html
District of Columbia https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
Florida https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/
Georgia https://dph.georgia.gov/
Hawaii https://health.hawaii.gov/
Idaho https://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/
Illinois https://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Indiana https://www.in.gov/isdh/
Iowa https://idph.iowa.gov/
Kansas https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/
Kentucky https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/default.aspx
Louisiana https://ldh.la.gov/
Maine https://www.maine.gov/covid19/
Maryland https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx
Massachusetts https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs
Minnesota https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html#travel
Mississippi https://msdh.ms.gov/
Missouri https://health.mo.gov/index.php
Montana https://dphhs.mt.gov/
Nebraska http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Nevada http://dpbh.nv.gov/
New Hampshire https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/
New Jersey https://covid19.nj.gov/
New Mexico https://www.nmhealth.org/
New York https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
North Carolina https://www.ncdhhs.gov/
North Dakota https://www.health.nd.gov/
Ohio https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home
Oklahoma https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/
Oregon https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/pages/index.aspx
Pennsylvania https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Rhode Island https://health.ri.gov/
South Carolina https://scdhec.gov/
South Dakota https://doh.sd.gov/
Tennessee https://www.tn.gov/health.html
Texas https://dshs.state.tx.us/
Utah https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
Vermont https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel
Virginia https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
Washington https://www.doh.wa.gov/
West Virginia https://dhhr.wv.gov/bph/Pages/default.aspx
Wisconsin https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/
Wyoming https://health.wyo.gov/

This guidance of United States Pandemic Travel Restrictions by State is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It is intended to offer travelers guidance regarding domestic travel. The information in this article reflects the most up-to-date information available at the time of publication. Due to the developing situation and lack of uniform reporting methods between states, some information may not be current. Please check the official state website of any state you plan to travel to/through for the most accurate information at the time of travel.