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We will not rewrite the statewide rules here, information that is true today might be outdated tomorrow.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
State of Colorado – Colorado COVID-19 Travel Information
Colorado Tourism Office – Current tourism landscape in Colorado
Kansas Department of Health and Environment – Travel & Exposure Related Isolation / Quarantine guidelines
U.S. Virgin Islands
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.