These states still require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test results

Julia Thompson, USA TODAY
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is no longer being updated. Please refer to the latest state quarantine information for travelers here.

States are slowly beginning to open back up but that doesn't mean travelers are free to come and go as they please just yet. USA TODAY has an update on the states that discouraged interstate travel by imposing 14-day quarantines on visitors and residents returning from other states. See which have lifted their quarantine orders and which require them.

Alaska

In Alaska, travelers arriving at state airports will be required to fill out a mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form and identify their "designated quarantine location," which would be home for residents and a hotel room or rented lodging for visitors.

The state's mandate, issued in March and extended until June 2, requires travelers to go straight to their quarantine location from the airport and remain there for 14 days, or for the duration of their stay if it's shorter.

On May 11, Gov. Mike Dunleavy updated travel restrictions within the state. In-state travel on the road system or marine highway system is permitted, but travel off those systems remains prohibited except in the case of "critical personal needs" or "conduct of essential services/critical infrastructure."

Arizona

On May 12, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a "Stay Healthy, Return Smarter Return Stronger" executive order rescinding some earlier coronavirus-related orders, including an April 7 measure that required new arrivals from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their visit, whichever is shorter. The new order takes effect Saturday, May 16.

Arkansas

An Arkansas Department of Health directive that took effect May 14 requires 14 days of self-quarantine for travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Orleans and all international locations.

Connecticut

The state is urging any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Delaware

In late March, Delaware Gov. John Carney ordered all out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days, except in cases of those passing through the state. The self-quarantine requirement does not apply to public health, public safety, healthcare workers, or anyone providing assistance to an essential business or emergency service related to COVID-19.

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Florida

Everyone traveling to Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Louisiana must self-isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days, or for however long they will remain in the state if it's shorter, per executive orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis. Neither order applies to airline employees nor people "performing military, emergency, or health responses."

Hawaii

Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige's emergency proclamation mandates all visitors and residents arriving at airports in the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. A supplementary proclamation requires all residents and visitors traveling between any of the islands to do the same.

According to the state, travelers will be required to complete a Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form on their flight and present it to checkpoint staff after landing. The travelers must then go straight to the "designated quarantine location" that they identify on the form and remain there for 14 days or the length of their stay if it is shorter.

Idaho

As of May 16, "certain individuals" entering the state are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days, per a new "Stay Healthy" order. Non-essential travel should be limited or avoided, according to the order.

Illinois

Dr. Allison Arwady, the city of Chicago's Department of Public Health Commissioner, issued a travel order July 2 requiring travelers from states with COVID-19 surges to quarantine for 14 days. As of now, those coming from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah are required to quarantine.

The order goes into effect July 6.

Kansas

The state is requiring a 14-day quarantine for those traveling to Kansas from these states, as of May 12:

  • New York (on or after March 15)

  • Illinois, New Jersey (on or after March 23)

  • Connecticut (on or after April 6)

  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island (on or after April 30)

  • Maryland (on or after May 12)

Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear's latest executive order bans those with a positive or presumptively positive COVID-19 diagnosis from coming into the state (unless ordered to do so for medical treatment). The state is asking those traveling in to self-quarantine for 14 days, though exceptions include travel for work or to collect supplies like groceries or medicine.

Maine

Unless a visitor has a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of travel, all but those from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their state of residency: Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. Visitors under quarantine are not allowed to go to grocery stores and therefore must bring enough food to last the duration of their quarantine or arrange to have food brought to them.

Massachusetts

All travelers to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, and visitors are urged not to travel to Massachusetts if they have coronavirus symptoms. Health care, public health, public safety, transportation and designated essential workers are exempt.

Montana

For both residents and non-residents, non-work-related travelers coming to Montana need to self-quarantine for 14 days or for however long they will be there. The quarantine requirement will be lifted on June 1, according to state officials.

Nebraska

Like most states listed here, Nebraskans and travelers coming into the state should self-quarantine and monitor themselves for 14 days. If you're staying in the state less than that, do the same for your duration. The recommendation excludes health care workers, commuters and certain other groups.

Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a travel advisory urging all Nevada residents and visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving or returning. The advisory does not apply to health care, public health, public safety, transportation and food supply essential employees.

New Mexico

Visitors from this list of high-risk states (defined as those with a 5% positivity rate or greater over a 7-day rolling average, or a positive test rate greater than 80 per 1 million residents) are required to quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their visit, no matter whether they arrive by plane, car or public transportation. While in New Mexico, visitors must also comply with the state's mask and social-distancing orders.

North Dakota

The state's health order has been amended, allowing North Dakota residents to travel freely within the United States and releases requirements for everyone except international travelers, except for those commuting internationally to and from North Dakota for work or for essential supplies and services and essential critical infrastructure work.

Ohio

Although Ohio has loosened some aspects of its stay-at-home orders, travel has not been relaxed. Out-of-state residents can leave Ohio to return to their homes but leisure travel is not one of the permitted activities in the order, which took effect on May 1. The state has also not rescinded its request that out-of-state residents self-quarantine for 14 days. However, out-of-state residents may leave to return to their homes.

Oklahoma

Gov. Kevin Stitt has not yet rescinded his executive order requiring people arriving on flights from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), Washington state, California or Louisiana to quarantine for 14 days. Airline personnel, military, health care and emergency workers are exempt.

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health still recommends travelers returning to the state from New York, New Jersey or other states with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases to self-quarantine.

Rhode Island

An Army National Guard soldier waits to inform those arriving at an airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, on March 30, 2020, of an order for all travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days.
An Army National Guard soldier waits to inform those arriving at an airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, on March 30, 2020, of an order for all travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Although Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo lifted the state's stay-at-home-order as of May 9, a 14-day self-quarantine is still required for any person traveling in from any other state by any means of transportation. The restriction will not apply to anyone traveling for medical treatment.

South Carolina

The state still recommends that travelers returning to South Carolina from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread stay home for a period of 14 days from the date of departure.

Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order on May 21 ending a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers from coronavirus hot spots. They included California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta; Chicago; Detroit and Miami.

Vermont

On May 15, Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont's coronavirus state of emergency another month, until June 15.

Under his updated "Be Smart, Stay Safe" initiative, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short-term rentals, parks for recreational vehicles and campgrounds can open to Vermont residents on May 22 and out-of-state visitors who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement. However, they will also have to abide by a number of conditions, including conducting check-in online or by phone, maintaining a full log of visitors for 30 days, and only allowing food services to operate as takeout or delivery, according to Agency of Commerce Secretary Lindsay Kurrle.

Virginia

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has given the green light for all regions but the DC suburbs to begin reopening on May 15. However, his latest order did not list leisure travel as an accepted activity and did not rescind the request that residents who have traveled internationally, on a cruise ship or river boat, or to a U.S. area where coronavirus is widespread to self-quarantine for 14 days.

West Virginia

On May 11, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state will rescind its quarantine requirement for visitors effective May 21, during the fourth week of the state's reopening plan. The state also published guidance for hotels and other lodgings.

Wisconsin

"On May 13, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor’s safer at home order, effective immediately," Gov. Tony Evers' website acknowledged. "This rendered the Safer at Home and Badger Bounce Back orders unenforceable."

The ruling immediately lifts all restrictions on businesses and gatherings imposed by the administration's order, which would include any restrictions on travel.

Nevertheless, the governor's website still implores residents to "continue staying safer at home, practicing social distancing, frequently washing your hands, and only traveling for necessity."

Wyoming

None of Gov. Mark Gordon's three recent reopening orders mention any new guidance on travel. He had previously advised that people coming or returning to Wyoming from another state or country for any reason other than work to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Jayme Deerwester, Nicquel Terry Ellis, Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY; Jon Campbell, New York State Team - USA TODAY Network; Reno Gazette Journal; The Associated Press

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