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States are slowly beginning to open back up, but that  doesn’t mean travelers are free to come and go as they please in most places amid the coronavirus pandemic.

USA TODAY has an update on the states that discouraged interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine for 14 days.

Some counties or municipalities have issued similar advice to travelers, so anyone looking to go on a road trip or take a summer vacation should check government websites for their destination and anywhere they plan to stop overnight. 

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Travelers arriving at state airports will be required to fill out a  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. 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.”


A state Department of Healthdirective 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.


The state urges any person coming in by any mode of transportation to self-quarantine for 14 days.


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

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Everyone traveling 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.” 


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Gov. David 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. 

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. 


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


The state requires a 14-day quarantine for Kansans returning 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)


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An executive order requires travelers to the state to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their state of residency.


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


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


Nebraskans and travelers coming into the state should self-quarantine and monitor themselves for 14 days or for the duration of their visit if it’s less than that. The recommendation excludes health care workers, commuters and certain other groups. 


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

New Mexico

In an update May 13 on the state’s reopening plan, the Department of Health said  the 14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals. Vacation rentals are off-limits to out-of-state residents.

North Dakota

The state’s health order was amended, allowing residents to travel freely.  


Gov. Kevin Stitt has not 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.  

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. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

Although 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 recommends that travelers returning from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread stay home for a period of 14 days from the date of departure. 


Gov. Gary Herbert said most of the state moved to “yellow,” or low-risk, May 16, but a recommendation to limit out-of-state travel and quarantine 14 days upon return from high-risk areas remains in place. 


On May 15, Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s coronavirus state of emergency until June 15. Travelers to the state must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.


The state Department of Health recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for those who have traveled internationally, on a cruise ship or river boat, or to a U.S. area where COVID-19 circulates widely in the community.


The Department of Health Services recommends residents who have traveled within the USA to “limit your exposure to others outside of your home as much as possible for 14 days following your return.”

Contributing: Curtis Tate, Bill Keveney, Hannah Yasharoff, 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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