COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: What you need to know before you travel

Eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic, and amid a worrying surge in infections ahead of the holidays, some states are imposing travel restrictions.
And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving.
USA TODAY has an update on states discouraging interstate travel by quarantining or recommending visitors and residents returning from other states. And some states allow a recent co-coronavirus negative test instead of quarantine. Some states require travelers to complete health-related questionnaires upon arrival.
State requirements may apply to visitors from states with high coronavirus positivity rates. However, some states and jurisdictions whose economies are closely related to surrounding states may exempt certain visitors.
Some counties or parishes have provided similar advice to travelers. So if you want to go on a trip or vacation, check the government websites for your destination and anywhere you want to stop overnight.
AAA maintains an interactive map of coronavirus travel restrictions from state to state.
Here are the requirements and recommendations of the state:
Alaska
Starting November 16, residents, non-residents, and workers must submit a travel declaration and self-isolation plan through the government portal. Travelers must also arrive at least 72 hours before departure with proof of a negative coronavirus test. Travelers are required to maintain social distance for five days, the median incubation period for COVID-19. A second test is optional but not required.
Alternatively, visitors can purchase a test for $ 250 upon arrival. The test is free for residents. Children under 10 years are exempt from the obligation to test. Residents can opt for a 14-day quarantine instead of the test.
California
Travelers from other states or countries are encouraged to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon entering the state, and residents are asked to avoid unnecessary travel outside the state.
Connecticut
Travelers from certain states must quarantine themselves or prove a negative test 14 days prior to arrival. Affected states, with the exception of New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, are those with a positive case rate of greater than 10 per 100,000 population or an average test positive rate of greater than 10 days for seven days.
The restriction also applies to individuals who have traveled to a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Alert. This applies to travelers who have been in a specific state or country for 24 hours in the past 14 days. This does not apply to travelers spending less than 24 hours in Connecticut.
District of Columbia
Starting November 9, anyone arriving from a state with more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents must have a coronavirus test no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Maryland and Virginia visitors are excluded, as are those visiting for family emergencies or funerals. Those who spend less than 24 hours in the district do not need to take a test. Visitors staying in Washington for more than three days should have themselves tested within three to five days of arrival.
Hawaii
Beginning November 24, anyone flying to Hawaii must present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to leaving for the state. To bypass the 14 day quarantine, travelers must have negative test results from one of the state's trusted testing partners, and if the results are not available before embarking on the final leg of their trip, travelers must stay for 14 days or the length of the quarantine.
Kansas
Starting November 4th, a 14-day quarantine requirement applies to six categories of travelers: 1) people traveling to or from North Dakota on or after November 4th, 2) people traveling to or from Belgium or the Czech Republic traveled on or after November 4th, 3) anyone who traveled to or from North Dakota on or after October 21, 4) anyone who traveled to or from Andorra on or after October 21, 5 ) anyone attending an out-of-state rally of 500 or more people who did not socialize or wear a mask, and 6) anyone who traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15 are.
The requirements do not apply to people traveling through the state, only those whose destination is Kansas.
Maine
Beginning November 16, travelers from most states except New Hampshire and Vermont will be required to be quarantined for 14 days or provide proof of a negative coronavirus test done no later than 72 hours prior to arrival.
Maryland
The state recommends, but does not require, travelers to have a coronavirus test performed at least 72 hours prior to travel. Returning residents and visitors outside of the state are encouraged to get tested on arrival and quarantined while they wait for the result. Tests are recommended for travelers from states with a positivity rate greater than 10% or 20 cases per 100,000 population. The District of Columbia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia are exempt from the recommendation.
Massachusetts
Beginning November 11, all travelers entering the state (including residents) must fill out a travel form and quarantine for 14 days or present a negative coronavirus test result generated no later than 72 hours prior to their arrival. Travelers who fail to quarantine could be fined $ 500 per day.
Countries with lower risk are exempt from the requirement. The threshold is below 10 daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants and a positive test rate of below 5% on a moving average of seven days. Transitional travelers and commuters to work or school are excluded, as are patients seeking or receiving medical treatment, military personnel and employees working on critical infrastructures.
New Jersey
Travelers arriving from high-risk countries must be quarantined for 14 days. States with an average number of daily cases of 10 per 100,000 population or a positivity rate of 10% or more over a seven day period are considered high risk. Unnecessary trips to these countries are strongly discouraged. New Jersey asks incoming travelers to fill out a voluntary online questionnaire.
New Mexico
Travelers from a high-risk country must be quarantined for 14 days. A high risk state is defined as a condition with a moving average test positivity rate of 5% or more for seven days or a positive test rate of more than 80 per 1 million population. Those who are in quarantine are only allowed to leave for medical care.
There are several exceptions: aircrew, public safety or public health workers, military personnel and their dependents, federal employees, federal defense contract workers, first responders, and healthcare workers.
new York
With the exception of the essential workforce and those from neighboring states, all travelers must be quarantined for 14 days. Affected travelers can choose to shorten their quarantine length by submitting a negative coronavirus test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, quarantining for three days, and receiving another test on day four . If the result is negative, the traveler can leave the quarantine.
Travelers who are out of the country for less than 24 hours do not need to be quarantined, but must have a coronavirus test on the fourth day after their return.
Ohio
Travelers entering Ohio from a state with a test positivity rate of 15% or higher are recommended to be quarantined for 14 days. Nonresidents who have, or are likely to have COVID-19 and have not recovered, are prohibited from entering the state, except for those receiving medical care.
Oregon
Travelers from other states or countries are encouraged to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon entering the state, and residents are asked to avoid unnecessary travel outside the state.
Pennsylvania
The state recommends, but does not require, travelers who have been in states with high levels of COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days, and Pennsylvania does not recommend unnecessary travel to and from these states.
Rhode Island
Travelers outside of the state must complete a certificate of compliance with travel quarantine and testing requirements and a health evaluation form. Out-of-state travelers and returning residents must be quarantined for 14 days if arriving from a state with a coronavirus positivity rate greater than 5%. Those who can produce a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival do not need to be quarantined. However, quarantine is preferred.
Washington
Travelers from other states or countries are encouraged to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon entering the state, and residents are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel outside of the state.
Washington, D.C.
As of November 9, people traveling to the district from areas with more than 10 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents must have a COVID-19 test no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Visitors must also be tested within three to five days of arrival. Maryland and Virginia travelers are excluded, as are those in the district for less than 24 hours and those traveling for a family emergency or funeral.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: COVID Travel Restrictions by State: What to Know Before Traveling to the US

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