NJ Expands COVID-19 Travel Quarantine List To 41 States

Nicole Rosenthal
·2 min read

NEW JERSEY - Gov. Phil Murphy has expanded the quarantine travel advisory list to its largest ever, now demanding travelers from 41 states and territories to quarantine for two weeks after returning – even if their travel route started in New Jersey.

Nonessential travel from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware also is highly discouraged, although none of the states are on the travel advisory list. New York and Connecticut are also discouraging nonessential travel to and from the Garden State, but they are not mandating that travelers quarantine.

Delaware, Connecticut and Pennsylvania meet the criteria for New Jersey's travel advisory, but they were left off the list due to the interconnected nature of the region, Murphy said. A 14-day quarantine for travelers from these states is "not reasonable," Murphy said.

Murphy did add two states this week to the quarantine list – California and Massachusetts.

Anybody traveling south will still have to find a circuitous route since Maryland is on the quarantine list. In fact, traveling to many parts of the southern U.S. will be difficult without having to isolate upon return (see full list of states on the quarantine list below).

The travel advisory is issued for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Anyone returning from the designated states on the advisory list should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging, Murphy said, and only leave for medical care or essential items.

“Cases have continued to increase at alarming rates, in our state and across the country and it is imperative that we keep the spread of COVID-19 under control.” said Murphy. “It remains our top priority to ensure the safety of New Jersey residents, and we ask individuals arriving from these 41 states to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Here is the latest list:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Guam

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

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This article originally appeared on the Holmdel-Hazlet Patch