COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions By State

Last updated on 11/24/2020

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 11/24/2020

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 must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If this is not possible, passengers will be tested upon airport arrival and allowed to proceed after receiving a negative result but must quarantine while awaiting results. 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. As of October 16, the state also requires travelers to social distance for 5 days. While not required, Alaska recommends non-residents get a second test between 5 - 14 days after arrival.
California On November 13, California issued a travel advisory urging visitors entering the state or returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. Non-essential out-of-state travel is discouraged, and the state is asking people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state. The government is also encouraging residents to stay local.
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, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Passengers coming from these destinations are 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 a jurisdiction with more than 10 cases per 100,000 people. Passengers from all states and territories above the threshold are now advised to get a test within 72 hours of traveling. If the test is positive, don't travel. If you have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case, do not travel. If you are visiting for more than three days, get tested within 3-5 days of arrival.
Hawaii All passengers traveling to Hawaii are subject to temperature checks and a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a home or hotel room. As of September 1, passengers and returning residents are also required to fill out the new online Safe Travels application. Beginning November 24, Hawaii will require passengers to upload a negative result from a state-approved, FDA-authorized NAAT test, processed by a CLIA certified lab taken prior to departing for the islands in order to bypass the 14-day quarantine. Travelers should note that second screenings and additional tests may be required depending on the island(s) they visit.
Idaho Travelers to Boise and some other cities in Ada County are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days.
Illinois Illinois has no state-wide travel restrictions, however, an Emergency Travel Order still applies to people entering/returning to the city of Chicago. Effective November 13, states and territories are now placed in three categories based on outbreak rates. Red states have daily case rates greater than 85 per 100,000 people and currently include: Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Travelers from these areas are required to quarantine for 14 days. Orange states have daily case rates between 15 and 85 per 100,000 people and currently include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. Travelers from these states and territories are required to quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative test result. Yellow states have a daily case rate of less than 15 per 100,000 and include Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont. No quarantine or test results are required for yellow states.
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. Those who have traveled to or from North Dakota between October 21 - November 17, to or from South Dakota between November 4 - November 17, been on a sea or river cruise since March 15, or had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case are also instructed to quarantine.
Kentucky Kentucky recommends a 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from states with at least 15 percent infection rate. States and territories that exceed this threshold are Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The state also recommends that travelers use extra precaution when visiting states with a positivity rate above 10 percent and strongly discourages non-essential travel.
Maine All passengers are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine, unless a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular (PCR, NAAT, or isothermal) test is collected no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Antibody tests are not accepted in lieu of quarantine. Residents of Vermont and New Hampshire are allowed to enter without restriction. As of November 4, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are no longer exempt. As of November 16, Massachusetts is no longer exempt. Travelers from all other states and territories must sign a Certificate of Compliance, which indicates either a negative COVID-19 test result, commitment to quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that quarantine in Maine was completed.
Massachusetts All passengers except those from low risk states, must fill out health form and quarantine for 14 days. Currently, low risk states include only Hawaii and Vermont. Quarantine is not required if travelers produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival. Those awaiting test results must quarantine until a negative result is received. Failure to fill out the form may result in a $500 fine.
New Hampshire All travelers and residents visiting or returning to New Hampshire from a state other than Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or Vermont must quarantine for 14 days. If the person is asymptomatic and has a negative PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantining, they may shorten or end their quarantine. This 7-day "test out" of travel quarantine option only applies to travel-related quarantine, not quarantine due to other types of exposure.
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, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Travelers are encouraged to fill out the voluntary online survey prior to arriving.
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 only include Hawaii. As of October 16, New Mexico will no longer exempt travelers from high-risk states from quarantine, even if they can provide documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test administered within the 72 hours before. This is due to a recent increase in infections as well as missed criteria for reopening.
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, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Fines up to $2,000 may be assessed for travelers who fail to complete the health form. As of November 4, New York now allows travelers to test out of the quarantine requirement from the above states if they meet the following criteria: Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state. Travelers must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days. On day four of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative test result.
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 Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin. Wyoming is showing multiple days in the past week without overall testing volume data, so an accurate positivity rate cannot be calculated. Based on recent trends in the state, the positivity rate is likely elevated, and travel to/from Wyoming should be reconsidered.
Oregon On November 13, Oregon issued a travel advisory urging visitors entering the state or returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. Non-essential out-of-state travel is discouraged, and the state is asking people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state. The government is also encouraging residents to stay local.
Pennsylvania As of November 20, anyone who visits from another state is required to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania. If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return, or to quarantine for 14 days upon return.
Rhode Island Out-of-state visitors are now required to complete a certificate of compliance and an out-of-state travel screening form. Travelers from states where positivity rates 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, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Vermont Effective on November 10, Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont. Travelers arriving to Vermont who have not completed a pre-arrival quarantine must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in a Vermont lodging establishment or with friends and family. Additionally, all out-of-state travelers who plan to stay in lodging, campgrounds, and short-term rental properties must sign and complete a certificate of compliance.
Washington On November 13, Washington issued a travel advisory urging visitors entering the state or returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. Non-essential out-of-state travel is discouraged, and the state is asking people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state. The government is also encouraging residents to stay local.

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.