US State Travel Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

Over the last few months, Americans have been living a life they never envisaged, staying at home and under restrictions not to travel has been difficult and there has been some confusion as to the different restrictions across states.

There are restrictions imposed by the US government regarding non US citizens entering the US, as well as local restrictions imposed by the different states, so if you are thinking of travelling to or around the US, you will need to know what you can and can't do.

Alaska

From 11 August non-residents entering Alaska must have a negative COVID-19 test result with evidence it was done in the 72 hours previous to their departure. On arrival, non-residents are to self-quarantine until they have a negative test result at an approved site, or they must quarantine for 14 days.

Connecticut, New York and New Jersey

Returning residents or visitors to quarantine for two weeks if they are arriving from an area where there is a 10% or higher number of positive cases, which as of 1 August included 36 states. Traveler Form to be completed by travelers from restricted states, with heavy fines for not completing the form or violating a quarantine order.

Florida

Travelers from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey to self-quarantine for 14 days, with some exemptions for some students, carers or essential workers.

Hawaii

Anyone entering Hawaii must adhere to the 14 days quarantine. The Pre-testing Program has been delayed until September.

Illinois

They operate with a list of states experiencing a surge of new cases and visitors from those states must quarantine for 14 days.

Kansas

Anyone coming from Florida has a 14 day quarantine and also anyone who has travelled to Brazil, China, Iran, Europe’s Schengen area, UK and Republic of Ireland.

Kentucky

Travelers from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico should quarantine for 14 days.

Maine

Travelers to Maine can either quarantine for 14 days or show their negative test from less than 72 hours of their arrival in the state. Visitors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont are exempt from the requirement.

Maryland

They have advised residents to refrain from non-essential travel and visitors are encouraged to get tested before or when they arrive in the state.

Massachusetts

Anyone entering the state must quarantine for 14 days or provide evidence of a negative test from within the prior 72 hours. There is an exemption for travelers from lower risk states including Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont (as of 1 Aug).

New Hampshire

Anyone entering the state must quarantine for 2 weeks, with the exception of travelers from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

New Mexico

All travelers to quarantine for 14 days with the exception of some types of workers e.g. healthcare, military and some others.

Ohio

Anyone entering from a state where positive tests account for 15% or more must quarantine for 14 days.

Pennsylvania

Anyone arriving from a state that has high case volumes should quarantine for 14 days.

Rhode Island

Anyone arriving from a state with a positive rate of 5% or more is required to quarantine for 14 days. If a negative test is provided, they can avoid the quarantine.

South Carolina

Travelers are recommended to quarantine for 14 days from the day they depart for South Carolina.

Vermont

Visitors from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia must quarantine for 14 days, or 7 days followed by a negative test in their own state.

Washington DC

Any travelers from high risk states must quarantine for 14 days, with high risk states being classed as any with 10 or more new daily cases.

As you can see, there are many states that have mandatory quarantines in place, so if you are thinking about traveling to any of these states, or were considering doing a road trip that included several of them, you will need to plan your trip related to the latest state guidance.

Most of the quarantine orders are updated on a weekly basis to take into account the latest figures for COVID19 cases, so these could all change fairly quickly, so it is vital to check the latest announcement for any state you are planning to enter or put your travel plans on hold until a later date.

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