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Here Are the U.S. States With Travel Restrictions

Karen Schwartz

This list will be updated as states continue to announce changes to their travel advisories. Are we missing an update? Email us at travelrestrictions@nytimes.com.

While airlines are working to make it easier for fliers to make and adjust travel plans domestically by eliminating most change fees, travelers still face a lot of logistics, with constantly evolving state restrictions amid the ongoing pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that travel increases a person’s chance of getting and spreading the virus. “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19,” the federal agency cautions.

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For those who do take a trip, the C.D.C. says that each mode of transportation has its own risks, and offers a series of recommendations for safety: that people wear a face mask in public, wash hands frequently, avoid touching their face, keep six feet from others, cover coughs and sneezes, and use drive-through service and curbside pickup at restaurants and stores.

Here is a summary of current restrictions in the United States for leisure travelers, although some requirements do not apply to those spending less than a day in the state. Many states also have exemptions for essential workers who are on the job, including health care workers, members of the military and others, but even they are subject to some restrictions.

With the number of coronavirus cases surging across the country, check the areas you plan to visit before you travel. Some municipalities or counties may have more stringent regulations than issued by their state.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Alabama.

All nonresidents must upload proof of a negative or pending virus test taken within 72 hours before departure to an online travel portal, where they can also submit a travel declaration and self-isolation plan. The state requests a second test be done seven to 14 days after arriving in Alaska.

Visitors arriving without a previously taken test can get one for $ 250, and must quarantine while awaiting results at their own cost. Testing is free for Alaska residents, who also have the option of a two-week quarantine instead of a test.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Arizona.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Arkansas.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in California.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Colorado.

With rare exceptions, those coming into Connecticut after more than 24 hours in a state or area with a high rate of confirmed infections must self-quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the affected state.

The states currently affected by the order are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Visitors or residents returning from Puerto Rico and Guam face the same restrictions.

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Someone whose home state is added to the list after they are already vacationing in Connecticut is asked to quarantine, but isn’t required to. People under self-quarantine may leave for medical visits, to obtain medication or to shop for groceries. A person who cannot quarantine because they are coming in for a funeral, for instance, may show proof of negative results for a coronavirus test taken in the previous 72 hours. Those who have been tested but have not received the results are required to quarantine until negative results are received and submitted to the state.

Anyone arriving from one of the higher rate areas must fill out a mandatory health form. Failure to do that, or to quarantine as required, carries a fine of up to $ 500 per violation.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Delaware.

People who have been to a high-risk state for nonessential travel in the previous two weeks then come into Washington for 24 hours or more must self-quarantine for 14 days. The order excludes travelers from Maryland and Virginia.

The states affected by the order are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, 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.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Florida. County and city restrictions may be in place.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Georgia.

Beginning Oct. 15, Hawaii plans to implement a pre-travel testing program that would allow visitors to skip the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they can provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Travelers must also pass an airport temperature screening and fill out a travel and health declaration form. Those whose test results are pending must quarantine for 14 days or until they obtain a negative result, whichever is shorter. Those with no test must quarantine for two weeks.

People violating state quarantine requirements face up to a $ 5,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Idaho. County restrictions may be in place: For instance, travelers to Boise and other cities in Ada County are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

There are no statewide restrictions. However, under an emergency travel order, a 14-day quarantine is required for those entering or returning to Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho (as of Sept. 25), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota (as of Sept. 25), Mississippi, Missouri, Montana (as of Sept. 25), Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico (as of Sept. 25), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin (as of Sept. 25). Kentucky and Louisiana were to be removed from the quarantine list on Sept. 25.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Indiana.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Iowa.

Those who attended any out-of-state gathering that included 500 people or more where individuals did not wear masks and socially distance by six feet must quarantine for 14 days when entering Kansas. Anyone who was on a cruise ship or river cruise in March or later must also quarantine.

Travelers who visited states with an infection rate approaching 15 percent or higher are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The recommendation applies to travelers from, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Louisiana.

Only residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont can enter the state without restriction. Everyone else must either self-quarantine for 14 days, or sign a document stating that they had a negative result to the coronavirus test within the previous 72 hours. Those in quarantine may leave their hotel or campsite only for limited outdoor activities, such as hiking, when no other people are around.

Maine residents who travel to a state not on the exempted list must also quarantine when they return or alternatively, test negative for the virus.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Maryland.

Except for commuters, those passing through and people coming from states with a lower coronavirus transmission rate, anyone over age 18 (or a minor traveling alone) who enters Massachusetts must fill out a travel form and either quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative test for the coronavirus taken within the previous 72 hours. Those awaiting test results must quarantine until a negative result is received.

The exemption applies to those who were in one of the following states for the two weeks before their visit to Massachusetts: Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Those who fail to comply with the rules face fines of up to $ 500 per day.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Michigan.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Minnesota.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Mississippi.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Missouri.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Montana.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Nebraska.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Nevada.

Those traveling to New Hampshire from non-New England states “for an extended period of time” are asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Those coming into New Jersey for more than 24 hours from a state or area with a high rate of confirmed infections are asked to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days, even if they had a recent negative virus test.

The request applies to those who spent more than 24 hours in 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.

Travelers from those areas are also asked to complete an online survey providing details about where they have been and where they plan to stay.

All travelers and residents who are not coming from a low-risk region must either self-quarantine for 14 day or show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within the previous 72 hours.

The low-risk areas are: Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Washington D.C.

New York requires individuals who have spent more than 24 hours in a state or area with significant community spread of the coronavirus to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The states and territories affected by the quarantine order are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.

Those arriving at airports in New York must fill out a Health Department traveler form, or face a possible $ 2,000 fine and a mandatory quarantine order. Travelers arriving by air must fill out the form before leaving the airport, while those arriving by car, train or other modes of transportation must fill it out online. To ensure compliance, travelers to New York City may be stopped at random at bridge and tunnel crossings, in Penn Station and at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in North Carolina.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in North Dakota.

Traveling Ohioans and out-of-state tourists who have visited an area of high risk, or who have had possible exposure to the coronavirus, are asked to voluntarily quarantine for 14 days.

As of Sept. 23, Ohio has identified the following states as high risk: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Oklahoma.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Oregon.

The state asks travelers who have visited an area with a Covid-19 surge to self-quarantine for 14 days. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Only those coming to Rhode Island from lower-risk states are exempt from self-quarantining for two weeks. Alternatively, visitors can provide a negative test for the virus that was taken within the previous 72 hours. A person who receives a negative test during their quarantine can stop isolating, although the state recommends the full two-week quarantine.

The states identified as higher risk are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland,, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Visitors from Puerto Rico must also quarantine.

The state recommends that people who have visited an area with widespread or ongoing community transmission of the virus stay home as much as possible for 14 days from the time they left that region.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in South Dakota.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Tennessee.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Texas.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Utah.

Visitors from counties in select states that have similar active coronavirus rates to Vermont and who travel in a private vehicle do not have to quarantine. The same is true for Vermont residents who visit those regions when they return home.

These counties are in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Most other travelers need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Vermont, but the state gives them a few options. People may self-quarantine out of state before traveling to Vermont as long as their trip is in a private vehicle and they make only necessary stops, while wearing a face mask, social distancing and washing their hands frequently. Those opting to self-quarantine before their visit to Vermont can either do it for 14 days, or they can shorten it to seven days if they then get a negative test result.

Those arriving by public transportation or a longer car ride must self-quarantine for 14 days, or for seven days followed by a negative test.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Virginia. However, the state recommends that people who were in crowds or mass gatherings, who traveled on a cruise ship or river boat, or who visited an area with widespread transmission of the virus, stay home as much as possible for 14 days.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Washington.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in West Virginia.

As of Sept. 22, there were no statewide restrictions in Wisconsin. Local quarantine restrictions may be in place at the county level.

Source:NYT > Travel

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