COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions By State

Last updated on 09/23/2020

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.

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.

COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Requirements by US State

Data below last updated 09/23/2020

State Further Explanation
Alaska Travelers and returning residents must submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan through the state's travel portal. All passengers should take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure and provide documentation of a negative result or pending result. If this is not possible, passengers will be tested upon airport arrival and allowed to proceed after receiving a negative result. The cost of the test is $250 for non-residents but is free for residents. In the instance of an arrival and positive result, passengers will receive medical treatment and are subject to quarantine. If you are unwilling to take a test, a 14-day quarantine will be necessary. The state also recommends non-residents get a second test between 7 - 14 days after arrival.
Connecticut Passengers must quarantine upon arrival for 14 days and fill out a mandatory form if staying for longer than 24 hours and traveling from: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Passengers coming from these destinations may be able to avoid quarantine if they provide written proof of a negative test taken 72 hours before travel. Failure to submit the form or self-quarantine may result in a civil penalty of $500 per violation.
District of Columbia A 14-day quarantine is required if traveling to/from one of these areas: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Hawaii All passengers traveling to Hawaii are subject to temperature checks and a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a home or hotel room. Beginning September 1, passengers and returning residents are also required to fill out the new online Safe Travels application. Tentatively on October 15, Hawaii will allow passengers to bypass the 14-day quarantine with a negative result from a FDA-authorized NAAT test, processed by a CLIA certified lab taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Idaho Travelers to Boise and some other cities in Ada County are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days.
Illinois People entering/returning to Chicago from states with cases of at least 15 daily cases per 100k are required to quarantine for 14 days. Currently, those states and territories are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah.
Kansas Anyone who has traveled to or attended an out-of-state mass gathering event of 500 or more people where individuals did not socially distance (6 feet) and wear masks must quarantine for 14 days upon entering or returning to Kansas. Additionally, people who traveled to or from Florida between June 29th-August 11th or Arizona from July 17-27th, must also quarantine.
Kentucky Travelers coming from states with at least 15 percent infection rate are asked to quarantine for 14 days. States with at least a 15 percent infection rate are Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Maine All passengers are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine, unless a negative PCR COVID-19 test is conducted 72 hours prior to arrival. Non-PCR tests, including antigen or antibody tests, are not accepted. Residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are allowed to enter without restriction.
Massachusetts All passengers except those from low risk states, must fill out health form and quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine is not required if travelers produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival. Currently, low risk states are Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Failure to fill out the form may result in a $500 fine.
New Hampshire All travelers not from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are asked to quarantine for 14 days.
New Jersey Passengers must quarantine for 14 days if staying in the state for more than 24 hours and coming from one of the states and territories on travel restriction. Those states and territories are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
New Mexico Upon arrival, travelers must quarantine for 14 days or for the length of their stay, whichever is shorter, unless traveling from a low-risk state. Low-risk states currently include: Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Additonally, as of September 4th, individuals who can provide documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test administered within the 72 hours before or after entry are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement, regardless of the state they are coming from.
New York Travelers are required to fill out a Traveler Health Form in order to determine if a 14-day precautionary quarantine is required. In general, travelers must quarantine for 14 days if staying in the state for more than 24 hours and coming from one of the states and territories on travel restriction. Those states and territories currently include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Fines up to $2,000 may be assessed for travelers who fail to complete the health form.
Ohio Travelers coming from high risk areas are advised to self quarantine for 14 days. High risk is defined by states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher based on a 7-day average. Those states currently are Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Pennsylvania Travelers from the following surging states are recommended to quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Rhode Island Travelers from states where positive tests are higher than 5% are required to self-quarantine for two weeks or provide negative results from a test taken within 72 hours before arrival. Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Vermont Travelers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia may enter the state for leisure travel without quarantining if they do so in a personal vehicle. Travelers from other states or those arriving by another means of transportation must quarantine for 14 days or for 7 days with a negative test from their home state.

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.