These are the US states that require or recommend travelers to quarantine
Lockdown de-escalation efforts are well underway across the US and inter-state travel has more or less resumed as health officials lift quarantine directives in most places. But not every state is throwing its doors wide open to travelers this summer; some, like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, are asking arrivals to quarantine upon arrival and, in the case of Alaska, to undergo health screening.
If you are planning to travel inter-state for a vacation or short trip, it's best to check your destination's travel advisories before packing your bags as the situation is constantly changing but for now here's a state-by-state breakdown of places across the US which still require or recommend quarantine.
Travelers arriving from another state or country must complete a traveler declaration form on arrival; present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or receive a test upon arrival and self-isolate while awaiting results. Travelers can only use roads or maritime highways and avoid remote areas.
Travelers returning from Connecticut, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York or any international destination must self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone arriving from a state with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This includes returning citizens.
Travelers arriving from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York must self-isolate for 14 days.
All travelers arriving into Hawaii, including residents, from out-of-state must self-quarantine for 14 days. The rule is in place until 31 July. Residents traveling between any of the islands do not have to quarantine but they are required to have their temperature screened at the airport and complete a health and travel form.
Anyone arriving from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona or Maryland must self-isolate for 14 days, as should those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case
All arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, except for those traveling from New Hampshire or Vermont.
Similar to Connecticut, anyone arriving from a state with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10% or higher rate over a seven-day rolling average, must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This includes returning citizens.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday (24 June) those states currently include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas. The list of states on the quarantine list will be updated on a daily basis as the infection rate changes.
New Jersey's quarantine policy is in line with New York and Connecticut's: anyone arriving from a state with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10% or higher rate over a seven-day rolling average, must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
"Unfortunately many states continue to have high transmission rates. We are proud to work with our partners in New York and Connecticut on a joint incoming travel advisory to ensure continued progress against this virus and to keep residents of the tri-state area safe," Governor Phil Murphy said.
All arrivals entering the state "by any mode of transportation for any reason" is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, and asked not to travel if they display coronavirus symptoms.
Arrivals returning from international destinations must self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone who arrives in New Mexico from the state's airports must self-isolate for 14 days, except for airline crew and essential workers.
Anyone returning from an international destination must self-isolate for 14 days.
This article originally ran on our sister site, Lonely Planet.
The European Union has banned US travelers due to COVID-19 concerns
UPDATE: On June 30, European officials announced an official travel ban on travelers from the US entering Europe. The ban prevents any Americans from entering Europe because of the USA's failures in controlling the spread of COVID-19 within its own borders. Other countries on the list include Brazil and Russia. Incoming travel from the rest of the world has been banned in Europe since mid-March. As the EU plans to reopen to travelers in July, new rules are being discussed and put in place. The list is expected to be finalized and announced early next week. Americans already seem to be adjusting to the new reality that all travel for 2020 will be domestic. RV sales for domestic road trips are at an all time high, and road trips are the hottest travel idea of the year. We will update this post as more information develops.
Amtrak is stopping daily service to hundreds of stations across the US
Amtrak has estimated that passenger numbers could plummet by 50% over the next year, and ridership has already decreased by 95% during the pandemic. Though some states have started to reopen, passengers have not yet returned. Historic train station in Flagstaff at sunset ©Nick Fox/Shutterstock“Due to the long-term impact of COVID-19 on ridership, Amtrak has made the decision to operate with reduced capacity,” the company said in a statement. “Our goal is to restore daily service on these routes as demand warrants, potentially by the summer of 2021.” The downsizing comes a few months after news that Amtrak saw its largest ever number of riders in 2019 – 32.5 million passengers – and record growth on the Northeast Corridor, which runs from Washington, DC, to Boston, connecting through Philadelphia and New York City. California Zephyr train at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles ©Let Go Media/ShutterstockAmtrak relies on funding from the US government and told Congress in May that it needs almost $1.5 billion in funding to maintain “minimum service levels.” The train operator previously projected that in 2020 it would financially break even for the first time in its 50-year history. The exact schedules are still being determined, but long-distance routes that will be reduced to a triweekly service include the California Zephyr (Chicago to San Francisco), City of New Orleans (Chicago to New Orleans), Coast Starlight (Seattle to Los Angeles), Empire Builder (Chicago to Seattle) and the Southwest Chief (Chicago to Los Angeles). The Auto Train, which runs between smaller towns near Washington, DC, and Orlando, Florida, will continue to operate a daily service. Frequency will also be cut in the Northeast Corridor. This article originally ran on our sister site, Lonely Planet.
United Airlines wants to know your health history before you can fly
United is one of the first major US airlines to introduce such measures in the wake of the pandemic. The "health self-assessment" is now part of United's check-in process and consists of a questionnaire called the 'Ready-to-Fly' checklist. All criteria must be met before the passenger can continue successfully check in, otherwise they will have to reschedule their flight. United Airlines ✔@united The next time you check in for a flight you will see a "Ready-to-fly" checklist. Based on recommendations from @ClevelandClinic, the self-assessment is one of many ways our CleanPlus program is prioritizing health and safety during travel. http://united.com/CleanPlus The Ready-to-Fly checklist includes: - A reminder you must wear a face mask while on board- A list of common COVID-19 symptoms, and a declaration that you have not experienced them in the last 14 days- You have not been denied boarding by another airline due to a medical screening in the last 14 days- You have not had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days The checklist was based on recommendations from the Cleveland Clinic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). It can be done online or at a check-in desk at the airport with a United Airlines agent. Frontier Airlines also requires a similar health acknowledgement from passengers, as well as temperature checks before boarding and the mandatory use of face coverings on flights. The CDC says that travel in general increases the spread of COVID-19 because social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and because "travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces." This article originally appeared on our sister site, Lonely Planet.
Alaska will require travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test
Having taken effect on 6 June, 2020, the order contains mandates such as travelers completing and showing a Traveler Declaration Form – available for download from a related website – at check-in at entry point testing sites at airports and ferry terminals and in the communities at Alaska’s Canadian border crossings. Need to travel during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are some tips to help you stay safe through your journey next time you travel. "Travelers have a few options in regards to testing for COVID-19,” said Sarah Leonard, president and CEO of the Alaska Travel Industry Association. According to Leonard, visitors can produce a negative molecular-based test result within 72 hours of their departure to Alaska, or produce the same result within five days of departure and then get a second test when they arrive in Alaska. They would also have to minimize their interactions until the second test results come back negative. “There's also an option to take an initial test upon arrival in the state and self-quarantine until a second test confirms a negative result, but the state gave travelers some flexibility with these choices," said Leonard. Ketchikan, Alaska © sorincolac / Getty ImagesWith accommodations, Leonard noted that visitors who do need to self-quarantine can stay in any type of lodging enabling them to stay physically separated from others. “Travelers also need to remember to check for any additional local city or borough restrictions at their destination, said Leonard. “For example, Anchorage has established additional protocols that minimize in-person interactions." More information can be found on this website.