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Updated Quarantine Info For Planning A U.S. Flight Or Road Trip

by SharonKurheg

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer and, with the fear of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, lots of Americans are considering road trips instead of flying right now.

But this summer is like no other and as different flying is nowadays, even a long drive won’t be the same as it used to be. So before you make those plane reservations, rent a vehicle (have you considered one of these?) or get your own car ready for the trek, you might want to make sure if you’ll have to quarantine.

The IATA (International Air Transport Association) has an interactive map that explains what the current travel regulations are for each country. It’s “live” and therefore updated as needed.

Unfortunately, I have yet to find a similar type of map or list for the U.S. that’s updated as states change their requirements for quarantine in relation to travel. Happily, we’ve at least been able to find the most recent requirements.

In a nutshell, as of this writing, 20 states still require some sort of quarantine upon entering. Some are for any travelers, some are only for travelers from specific places, some are only for residents, some are only for visitors, etc. Some have end dates (that are subject to change) in sight, while others’ end dates will be further in the future.

Some states allow exceptions for those entering to provide essential services or materials. We didn’t include these since they wouldn’t apply to those traveling for vacations. But each state listed has a link which should clarify their respective mandates, executive orders, etc.; please click on those to confirm, as well as to ensure the information you need is the most up-to-date.

This list is updated as of May 26, 2020.


Through at least June 2, all travelers that arrive at state airports must go straight to their quarantine locations and remain there for 14 days (or for the duration of their stay if it’s shorter).


As of May 14, travelers from NY, NJ, CT, New Orleans and all international locations much self-quarantine for 14 days.


A 14-day quarantine is urged for anyone to enters the state, regardless of mode of transportation.


Since late March, all out-of-state travelers are ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they’re simply passing through the state.


Travelers from NY, NJ, CT and LA must self-quarantine for 14 days (or for the duration of their stay if it’s shorter).


All visitors and residents arriving at airports must self-quarantine for 14 days. All residents and visitors traveling between islands must also self-quarantine for 14 days.

“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.” And they ain’t kidding!


As of May 16, it’s urged that travelers self-quarantine if they’re entering the state from areas that have substantial community COVID-19 spread.


As of May 12, Kansas residents must do a 14-day quarantine if they return from the following states:

  • 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)


All travelers into the state are ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.


As of March 27, all travelers are to self-quarantine for 14 days. Visitors are urged not to come to the state if they have symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus.


All residents and visitors are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving or returning.


All travelers into the state are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

New Mexico

All out-of-state airport arrivals must quarantine for 14 days. Vacation rentals are off limits to out-of-state residents.


Those who arrive on flights from the New York tri-state area (NY, NJ and CT), Washington state, CA or LA must quarantine for 14 days.

Rhode Island

All travelers into the state are to self-quarantine for 14 days.

South Carolina

It’s recommended that travelers who return from an area that has widespread or ongoing community spread should quarantine for 14 days from the date of departure.


Travelers who return from high-risk areas are recommended to quarantine for 14 days.


Through at least June 15, travelers to Vermont must self-quarantine for 14 days.


Those who have traveled internationally, on a cruise ship or riverboat, or to a U.S. area where COVID-19 circulates widely in the community should quarantine for 14 days.


It’s recommended that residents who’ve traveled outside of the state, “limit your exposure to others outside of your home as much as possible for 14 days following your return.”

If you’re traveling to see a friend or family member, chances are you already know what their quarantine situation is, just by talking to them. But if you’re traveling somewhere just for the sake of going, you’re probably going to want to know what you must/should do once you get there.

#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands

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Matt June 1, 2020 - 10:08 am

Please be careful when writing these posts. It requires a lot of research to ensure legally accurate information. The way you wrote the Nevada summation makes it seem like travelers must self quarantine. This conflicts with the states’ website which “urge(s)” travelers to self quarantine. https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/info/travelers-visitors/

SharonKurheg June 1, 2020 - 10:15 am

Thank-you for the heads up. That was just a typo; was mid-sentence, had to stop, and then continued. Forgot the word “urged” in the process. It’s fixed now. Thanks again!


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