It’s possible to travel across the United States, but you will need to carefully plan your route. As the travel restrictions by state vary, you may have to self-quarantine or get a negative PCR test. Here the latest state travel guidelines as you plan your end of 2020 travel itinerary.
As of October 28, 2020, most states do not have travel restrictions for out-of-state travelers and returning residents. The New England states, along with Hawaii and Alaska, have the strictest travel restrictions. But other states across the U.S. have travel restrictions too. You might also come across city-specific travel restrictions, such as Chicago.
Alabama doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
You will need to quarantine for up to 14 days if arriving in Alaska. You will need to submit a Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan online. Here are some ways to waive the mandatory quarantine:
- Qualifying negative COVID-19 test
- Must get a follow-up test between 5 and 15 days after you arrive
- Purchase a $250 test upon arrival and self-quarantine (at your own expense) until receiving a negative result
- Follow a work plan submitted by your employer to the State of Alaska.
Alaska also recommends avoiding large crowds and indoor spaces for the first five days of your trip.
There are no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona at this time.
Arkansas doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
California doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions. However, the ongoing wildfires can impact your travel plans.
Colorado doesn’t have statewide travel restrictions.
The “Tri-States” travel restrictions that Connecticut, New Jersey and New York share are currently the widest-reaching advisory in the continental United States. Tourists and tri-states residents from most U.S. states and several U.S. territories must quarantine for 14 days or the duration of the stay, the shorter of the two.
Approximately 40 states are on the current travel advisory list (as of October 27, 2020; this list updates every Tuesday). Puerto Rico and Guam are on the list too. The travel advisory applies to states that meet one of these traits:
- A positivity case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents
- 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day moving average
It’s possible to waive the mandatory quarantine with proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. You will need to complete a Traveler Health Form when you arrive to determine if you must quarantine.
Delaware doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
There are not statewide travel restrictions in Florida.
Georgia doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
Hawaii has a mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days for all incoming visitors and residents.
Effective October 15, 2020, you can waive the quarantine by taking a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Airlines are offering same-day testing in the airport terminal for select routes. If taking a pre-travel test to bypass the quarantine, a local county might require a subsequent test for travelers age 5 and older.
Inter-island travel also requires a mandatory quarantine or qualifying test unless traveling to the city or county of Honolulu.
Idaho recommends a 14-day self-quarantine if you’re going to Ada County (i.e., Boise, Meridian, Eagle, etc.) as this county is in Reopening Stage 3. The rest of the state is in Reopening Stage 4 with no travel restrictions or recommended quarantines.
Illinois doesn’t have any statewide travel advisory.
However, Chicago has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for select states. The Chicago travel advisory list updates each Tuesday and goes into effect on Friday at 12:01 am. Approximately 30 states are on the list. You won’t have to self-quarantine if arriving from Wisconsin or Indiana for work.
Indiana doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
Iowa does not have any statewide travel restrictions.
Kansas requires a 14-day quarantine for incoming residents and travelers for a handful of instances:
- Traveled to or from North Dakota after October 21, 2020
- Traveled to or from Andorra after October 21, 2020
- Attended a gathering of at least 500 people where individuals did not social distance (at least 6 feet) and did not wear a mask.
- Been on a cruise ship or river cruise after March 15, 2020
This travel list is current on October 21, 2020, and updates every two weeks.
Kentucky recommends a 14-day self-quarantine when returning from a state with a positivity rate of at least 15%. State health officials use the Johns Hopkins data to formulate their travel advisory. Approximately 10 states meet the positivity rate criteria as of October 28, 2020.
Lousiana doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
Maine requires most incoming travelers to self-quarantine for up to 14 days or take a pre-travel PCR test within 72 hours before arrival. Residents from these states are exempt from the quarantine:
- New Jersey
- New York
- New Hampshire
Maryland does not have any statewide travel restrictions.
Massachusetts requires visitors and returning residents to quarantine for 14 days or have a negative PCR test. Those subject to the quarantine or PCR test must complete a traveler health form or face a $500 daily fine.
It’s possible to waive the health form requirement if arriving from a “lower risk” state. Most of these states are its New England neighbors.
There are no statewide travel restrictions for Michigan.
Minnesota doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
Mississippi doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
There are no travel restrictions in Missouri.
Montana doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
Nebraska doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
There are no statewide travel restrictions for Nevada.
New Hampshire asks visitors from the non-New England states to self-quarantine for up to 14 days. There are no travel restrictions when you reside in these New England states:
- Rhode Island
New Jersey implements the “tri-states” quarantine with New York and Connecticut. A mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days is in effect when coming from most states. A negative PCR test won’t waive the 14-day requirement.
There is a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for those arriving from most U.S. states when traveling to New Mexico. As of September 4, 2020, the exempt states include:
- New Hampshire
- New York
The list updates on Wednesdays. Since October 16, 2020, a negative PCR test no longer waives the mandatory quarantine.
The third of three states of the tri-states travel advisory is New York. Most states are subject to the 14-day self-quarantine. Incoming residents and visitors that don’t complete the traveler health from when arriving at a New York airport are subject to a $2,000 fine.
There are no statewide travel restrictions in North Carolina.
There are no statewide travel restrictions in North Dakota.
Like Kentucky, Ohio advises a 14-day self-quarantine if arriving from a state with a minimum 15% positivity rate. The travel advisory for the states affected updates on Wednesday from Johns Hopkins.
Oklahoma does not have statewide travel restrictions.
There are no statewide travel restrictions in Oregon.
Pennsylvania encourages travelers and returning residents to self-quarantine for 14 days when coming from “states with high amounts of COVID-10 cases.” Approximately 25 states are on the quarantine list.
Visitors and returning Rhode Island residents will need to quarantine for 14 days when coming from a state with a positivity rate of 5% or higher. Approximately 35 states have an excessive positivity rate as of October 28, 2020.
You can avoid quarantine with a negative PCR test. Out-of-state visitors will need to complete a certificate of compliance to confirm the quarantine and testing requirements.
There are no statewide travel restrictions in South Carolina.
South Dakota does not have any travel restrictions.
There are no travel restrictions in Tennessee.
Texas doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
There are no statewide travel restrictions in Utah.
Most visitors to Vermont will need to quarantine for 14 days or get a negative PCR test. You won’t have to quarantine if the county you’re arriving from has fewer than 400 cases per million people if arriving from these regions:
- New England
- West Virginia
There are no statewide travel restrictions in Virginia.
Washington, D.C. has a mandatory 14-day quarantine when coming from high-risk states. Nearly 40 states are on the list as of October 19, 2020. Virginia and Maryland are exempt from the mandatory quarantine.
Washington State doesn’t have any statewide travel restrictions.
West Virginia does not have any travel restrictions for statewide travel.
Wisconsin doesn’t have a mandatory quarantine for out-of-state travelers. However, Wisconsin requests visitors and residents to stay home as much as possible during the first 14 days and avoid visiting private residences.
There are no travel restrictions in Wyoming.
In most cases, you will not have to quarantine or get a PCR test if you travel to a nearby state. The New England states and hard-to-reach states like Alaska and Hawaii have the most stringent restrictions. The conditions change often, and you should check the state travel restrictions before traveling as they can update weekly.