COVID-19 Travel Restrictions State by State
Vaccination effort is picking up speed throughout the United States, however the pandemic is still not fully under control. At the moment CDC advises delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. The situation is fluid, some states report a decrease in coronavirus cases and relax travel restrictions while some places still have specific travel requirements to curb the spread of COVID-19. If you do decide to travel, it is important to know the most up-to-date information relating official regulations and guidelines. Even if traveling to your destination is allowed or you are fully vaccinated, you should still review the most recent state guidelines (e.g. mask wearing rules) before you set off.
We will not rewrite the statewide rules here, information that is true today might be outdated tomorrow. Instead, here is a list of websites where you can find the most recent information regarding travel restrictions and other COVID-19 related guidances in each state.
Coronavirus Travel Resources by State
Sweet Home Alabama – The Official Travel Site of Alabama
Safe Travels – Traveler Information from Department of Health and Social Services
Visit Arizona – COVID-19 Updates for Travelers
The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) – COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Visit California – Travel Alerts
Local California Travel Sites – List of regional resources
State of Colorado – Colorado COVID-19 Travel Information
Colorado Tourism Office – Current tourism landscape in Colorado
Connecticut’s Official State Website – Travel Advisory for Connecticut During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Visit Delaware – Things to do before traveling to Delaware
Florida COVID-19 Response – Coronavirus Information for Travelers
Safe Travels Hawaiʻi – The State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels program
Visit Idaho – COVID-19 Travel Information
State of Illinois – Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19
City of Chicago – Emergency Travel Order (Different from the rest of the state)
State of Indiana – Indiana’s Novel Coronavirus Response
Travel Iowa – COVID-19 Traveler Information
Kansas Department of Health and Environment – Travel & Exposure Related Isolation / Quarantine guidelines
The official Team Kentucky page – Travel Advisory concerning COVID-19
Louisiana Travel Association – COVID-19 Resources
Visit Maine – Traveler Guidelines
Division of Disease Surveillance – Mandates for Those Entering Maine
Visit Maryland – MD Travel Updates: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts – COVID-19 Travel Advisory
State of Michigan – COVID-19 resources
Pure Michigan – Guidelines for travelers
Explore Minnesota – Coronavirus information
Minnesota Department of Health – COVID-19 resources
Visit Mississippi – COVID-19 Travel Alert
Missouri Division of Tourism – Missouri travel updates
Visit Montana – COVID-19 info and travel updates
Visit Nebraska – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Travelers
Nevada Health Response – Travel advisory for Nevada
Visit New Hampshire – What to know before you go
New Hampshire Safe at Home – Information for out-of-state Visitors
State of New Jersey -Travel restrictions to or from New Jersey
New Mexico Department of Health – COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions & Recommendations
New York State – COVID-19 Travel Advisory
North Carolina – COVID-19 Travel Resources
North Dakota Department of Health – Travel Information for North Dakota Travelers
Ohio Department of Health – COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Oklahoma State Department of Health – Travel Advisories
Travel Oregon – COVID-19 Travel Information
Pennsylvania Department of Health – COVID-19 Information for Travelers
Travel Safe Puerto Rico – COVID-19 Traveler Information
Rhode Island Department of Health – Travel Information for Residents and Visitors
South Carolina Department of Health and
Environmental Control – COVID-19 Information for Travelers
Travel South Dakota – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Travelers
Tennessee Vacation – Tennessee Travel information
Travel Texas – Health Tips, Safety Precautions and Resources
State of Texas – COVID-19 Resources For Industry Partners
Visit Utah – COVID-19 Traveler Information
U.S. Virgin Islands
Visit U.S. Virgin Islands – USVI Travel Advisory
Health Vermont – Information for Travelers
Virginia Department of Health – Travel-related Requirements in Virginia
Washington, DC – Travel Status Update
Washington State’s official COVID-19 site – Information for Travelers & Commuters
West Virginia Tourism – COVID-19 Updates for West Virginia Travelers
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – COVID-19 Travel
Wyoming Department of Health – COVID-19 Orders and Guidance
How can you reduce the risk of getting infected while traveling?
- It goes without saying, that you should follow the general coronavirus advice. You should always wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash/disinfect your hands as often as possible.
- When traveling, always carry disinfectant wipes. Before you take a seat on a plane, wipe down the arm rests, seat belt, air nozzles and reading light switches.
- Avoid crowded places. Many touristic sites have reduced their visitor capacity, however it is recommended to avoid any places such as bars or streets with many people.
- Don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
- Avoid dining/drinking inside restaurants and bars. Many studies have shown that it is easier to contract COVID-19 virus in poorly ventilated places. An air-conditioned restaurant might be tempting in a warm climate, but it’s not worth the risk. After all, you are on vacation, so why not enjoy some fresh air.
- Always carry with you a hand disinfectant and use it as often as possible. It is especially important in places where washing your hands regularly might not be possible due to lack of facilities. Make sure to use hand sanitizer that contains more than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. According to CDC, that’s the minimum level needed to kill most corona viruses.
- Consider staying in self-catered accommodation. Limiting unnecessary contact with other travelers and staff can reduce your chances of catching coronavirus.
- Never travel if you are sick, have recently been tested positive with COVID-19 or had contact with someone who was diagnosed with coronavirus.
- For more information on travel during the COVID-19 pandemic visit the CDC website.