The states with and without travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic

Joey Hadden
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A sign outside of BWI airport advises travelers that have been to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut must quarantine for 14 days. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • As the coronavirus continues to spread, some US states have domestic travel restrictions in place. 

  • Some states are requiring those traveling from high-risk areas to fill out health forms and self-quarantine for 14 days once they arrive.

  • Other states, like Florida and Colorado, have not imposed statewide travel restrictions.

  • While nonessential travel is no longer discouraged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19."

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Alabama

Alabama has no statewide travel restrictions in place.

Alaska

Those entering Alaska must be tested for the coronavirus within three days of their departure, or quarantine for five days upon arrival. On top of that, they have to submit a self-isolation plan and a travel declaration

Arizona

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona.

Arkansas

Arkansas has no statewide travel restrictions in place.

California 

California has no statewide travel restrictions in place, but the state's public health officials recommend quarantining for two weeks upon arrival.

Colorado

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Colorado.

Connecticut

People who are traveling into Connecticut after spending at least 24 hours in a high-risk area have to fill out a health form and self-quarantine for two weeks or until they can provide proof of a negative test from three days before their arrival or later. These areas currently include 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, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Delaware

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Delaware.

Washington, DC

People who are traveling to Washington, DC, from a place with more than 10 cases per 100,000 people must test negative for the virus within 72 hours before arrival. Visitors are required to get tested again 3 to 5 days after arriving.

Florida 

Florida has no statewide travel restrictions in place.

Georgia

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Georgia.

Hawaii

Hawaii has a mandatory travel declaration form, temperature checks, and a 14-day quarantine period for those entering the state. Hawaii started a pre-travel testing program on October 16 that allows people who have tested negative within 72 hours of their arrival to skip or shorten their quarantine period, per the Associated Press.

On November 23, Gov. David Ige modified the program, requiring travelers to submit a negative test from a trusted testing partner before departure.

A traveler checks in with airport authorities at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., April 28, 2020. Picture taken April 28, 2020.
A traveler checks in with airport authorities at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii. REUTERS/Marco Garcia

Idaho

Idaho has no statewide regulations in place.

Illinois

While Illinois has no statewide restrictions in place, the City of Chicago has a travel order in place requiring those coming from certain states to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list is updated every Tuesday for the following Friday, and it currently includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Utah, Kansas, and Indiana. Those coming from the following states and territories should also quarantine, but can opt-out by testing negative within 72 hours of arrival: Alaska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Idaho, Rhode Island, Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Connecticut, California, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Oregon, Washington, Washington, DC, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, and Georgia.

A sign alerts residents to a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The site is one of four mobile testing sites, two community-based sites and two first-responder-focused sites being implemented by the city.
A sign alerts residents to a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Indiana

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Indiana.

Iowa

Iowa has no statewide travel restrictions.

Kansas

Kansas has restrictions requiring certain travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, including those who were in North Dakota or Andorra between October 21 and November 17; those who have been on a cruise since March, those who were in Belgium, Czechia, or South Dakota between November 4 and November 17; and those who attended events out-of-state with 500 or more people without masks or social distancing.

Kentucky

Those entering Kentucky from areas with an infection rate of 15% or higher are asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. This currently includes Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Louisiana

Louisiana has no statewide travel restrictions.

Maine

Aside from residents of New Hampshire and Vermont, those entering Maine must self-quarantine for two weeks or sign a form saying they tested negative for the virus in the last 72 hours upon arrival. Residents returning to Maine must do the same unless they are traveling from New Hampshire or Vermont. 

Maryland

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Maryland.

Massachusetts

Those entering Massachusetts have to fill out a travel form and self-quarantine for 14 days or test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival unless they're commuters or coming from a low-risk area. Low-risk areas include Vermont and Hawaii.

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Travelers at Logan Airport walk past a poster board advertising the new Massachusetts Travel Order. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Michigan

Michigan does not have statewide travel restrictions in place.

Minnesota

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Minnesota.

Mississippi

Mississippi does not have statewide travel restrictions in place.

Missouri 

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Missouri.

Montana 

Montana has no statewide travel restrictions in place.

Nebraska 

Nebraska does not have statewide travel restrictions in place.

Nevada

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Nevada.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire requests that those who are traveling from outside of New England self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. Those who test negative after the first week of quarantine can opt out of the last seven days. 

New Jersey

New Jersey requests that travelers coming from outside of surrounding states self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The state also has a voluntary online survey for travelers to fill out.

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Booths for patients are seen at the new COVID-19 testing facility that is now available for passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B in Newark, New Jersey. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

New Mexico

New Mexico requires those entering the state to self-quarantine for two weeks if they're coming from a state with a 5% test positivity rate or higher, or more than 80 out of every 100,000 residents test positive.

Additionally, there is a state-wide lockdown from November 16 to November 30 to curb the spread of the virus. 

New York

Those entering New York from a noncontiguous state, a US territory, or another country with a CDC Level 2 or 3 Health Notice must fill out a traveler health form before leaving the airport and self-quarantine for 14 days.

Travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours can cut their two-week quarantine short by getting tested within three days of arriving in New York. After taking a test, travelers must quarantine for another three days before getting tested again. If both tests come back negative, the person can stop quarantining. 

Additionally, nonessential travel between Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut is discouraged

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A sign displaying a COVID-19 travel advisory is placed in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

North Carolina

There are no statewide travel restrictions in North Carolina.

North Dakota

North Dakota has no statewide travel restrictions in place.

Ohio

People traveling to Ohio from states with an infection rate of 15% or higher are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. That list currently includes Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Oklahoma 

Oklahoma requests that those traveling from high-risk areas wear face masks in public and limit indoor gatherings for 10 to 14 days.

Oregon

Oregon requests that those traveling from other states self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania requires travelers 12 and older to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of travel or self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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Travelers make their way through TSA inspection as Pennsylvania remains under restrictions for work and travel at Pittsburgh International Airport. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is requiring travelers coming from states with an infection rate of 5% or higher to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving. Those who have tested negative for the virus within 72 hours of their trip to Rhode Island are exempt from quarantine. Similarly, those who test negative amid their quarantine can stop once they receive results.

The list of impacted states currently includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, 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.

South Carolina 

South Carolina requests that recent travelers stay home as much as possible and that those who may have been exposed self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to the state.

South Dakota

South Dakota has no statewide travel restrictions, but some routes through tribal lands are closed.

Tennessee

Tennessee has no statewide travel restrictions.

Texas

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Texas.

A man walks through an empty terminal at the George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Texas, on June 10, 2020.
A man walks through an empty terminal at the George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Texas. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

Utah

Utah has no statewide travel restrictions. 

Vermont

People who are entering Vermont from any county with more than 400 positive tests per million have to quarantine for 14 days, or seven days if they test negative during that time. 

Virginia 

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Virginia, but the state recommends staying home for 14 days to those who have been in high-risk situations for infection, like large gatherings or cruises.

Washington

Washington recommends that travelers self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to the state. 

West Virginia

There are no statewide travel restrictions in West Virginia.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin does not have statewide travel restrictions, but the state recommends stopping all travel, both in and out of state.

Wyoming

Wyoming does not have statewide travel restrictions.

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