Travel restrictions in the US evolve by state as Covid-19 rates go up

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It was the week of targeted lockdown on movement in European countries; on Sunday morning 12:01 pm, France introduced a curfew in all its major metropolitan areas for a minimum of one month (9 pm to 6 am) and London moved from a level 1 (medium) to a level 2 (high) area, where households no longer mix with other households.

Across the Atlantic, the US added 65,000 new daily cases on Thursday, the highest number since July. On Friday, 70,000 new cases were announced, as reported by nine states De New York Times. Epidemiologists warn that half of the US states are “seeing peaks they have not experienced before during the pandemic.” As reported by APNew cases per day are on the rise in 44 states, with the largest peaks in the Midwest and the Great Plains.

However, there are currently only travel restrictions in 18 states (listed below), which means that the current US travel restrictions don’t reflect the reality of the pandemic.

For example, North Dakota and South Dakota are adding more cases than any other since the start of the pandemic, but there are currently no statewide travel restrictions in either state. In the Great Plains of North Dakota, an official said residents should know “how dangerous we are close to the edge,” as the hospital beds fill (there were only 39 open ICU beds on Oct. 12). The state still does not have a statewide mask mandate.

Montana – currently with no statewide travel restrictions – has an average of more than 500 cases per day. The Cascade County Jail in Montana was until recently virus-free, and now 300 inmates and staff have been infected as Covid-19 swarms the county. Some of the seven Indian reservations have introduced restrictions; crucial, as Native Americans are disproportionately affected (they have 5.3 times more hospital admissions and 1.4 times more mortality rates).

The Covid Act Now warning system (which includes the universities of Georgetown, Harvard and Stanford) has many states with no travel restrictions listed at the top level (red) as “active or imminent outbreak”. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana are currently the three highest states for new daily cases.


Travel restrictions in the USA.

There are no nationwide travel restrictions in the entire US and many states allow unlimited travel, either from their own state or for visitors arriving from other states with high infection rates.

Some states currently have travel restrictions, either in a more general sense (eg, Encouraging self-isolation) or in a much stricter sense, based on a specific percentage or percentage of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people. These lists are usually updated on a weekly basis, and many more states have been added over the past week (to match the current rise in cases).

32 US states currently have no statewide travel restrictions

The following states currently have no statewide travel restrictions; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (although wildfires limit travel across the state), Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana (although visitors to the seven Indians make reservations should be checked), Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina (although state suggests checking for local destinations), North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota (although Indian reservations may close roads), Tennessee, Texas , Utah, Virginia, Washington State (although wildfire conditions must be monitored), West Virginia, and Wyoming.

18 states currently have travel restrictions

These are Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. (Washington DC also has travel restrictions).

Alaska–Since August 11, visitors arriving from other states must be; proof of a negative Covid-19 test and a travel certificate; a form from their boss when they travel for work; or pay $ 250 for a Covid-19 test and self-quarantine until the results are known.

Travelers arriving in Connecticut from a state where they have spent more than 24 hours and which has a higher infection rate than 10 per 100,000 people, must be quarantined for 14 days. The only way to avoid this quarantine is to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken in the past 72 hours. Written evidence of the negative result should be emailed to the Commissioner of Public Health ([email protected]).

From October 15, visitors arrive in Hawaii those over 5 years of age must land with an FDA-cleared Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) taken no earlier than 72 hours before their flight.

Travelers to Ada County (including Boise) in Idaho, are “encouraged” to go into quarantine for 14 days.

In Illinoistravel is unlimited except for people coming to Chicago from these states on an emergency travel order: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This list is updated every Tuesday and rolled out the following Friday.

Residents and visitors of Kansas must isolate themselves for 14 days if they have been on a sea or river cruise since March or attended an out-of-state mass gathering of more than 500 people (where masks were not worn and it was impossible to spread further than six feet stay ).

Kentucky calls for all people coming from a state where the Covid-19 infection rate is greater than 15% (according to the John Hopkins University website) to undergo a 14-day quarantine. The current list includes people arriving from Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Utah.

People gain weight in Maine must enter or sign a 14-day quarantine to indicate that they have had a negative Covid-19 test in the past 72 hours. Residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Vermont are exempt from both entry conditions. Quarantined people can leave hotels or campgrounds to do outdoor activities, such as hiking. Maine residents traveling to states not on the exempt list must also quarantine for 14 days upon return or until a negative test result can be proven.

When passengers arrive in Massachusetts from a low risk state (currently listed as California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Washington). Other visitors must remain in quarantine for 14 days or show a negative Covid-19 test administered in the past 72 hours. The fine for non-compliance is $ 500.

When Enter New Hampshire from a state other than a state in New England (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) are asked to quarantine themselves when staying “for an extended period”.

Visitors to New Jersey those who plan to stay longer than 24 hours should be quarantined for 14 days if they get anywhere with a positivity rate of 10% or higher or if 10 people test positive for every 100,000 residents. There are currently 38 states and US jurisdictions that fall into this category.

In New Mexico, the state requires visitors to quarantine themselves for 14 days or the entire length of stay, whichever is shorter than 2 weeks. Some states are exempt from a constantly updated list, which currently only includes Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington.

The state of New York requires that visitors from states with a positive test rate of 10% or higher during a seven-day period or with a positive test rate of 10 or more per 100,000 residents must be quarantined for 14 days. That list currently includes 38 US states and jurisdictions (the same as for New Jersey).

Ohio limited travel from states with a 15% positive test rate where arrivals themselves must be quarantined for 14 days, currently listed as Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Pennsylvania asks visitors from states with “a large number of cases” in quarantine for 14 days. This list is currently 25 states long.

Rhode Island Visitors must remain in quarantine for 14 days if they come from states with a positive test rate of 5% or more, or they can opt out if they have had a negative Covid-19 test in the past 72 hours. There are currently 32 states in the updated spreadsheet.

Vermont arrivals by bus or plane must remain in quarantine for 14 days or 7 days after a negative Covid-19 test. The rules are a bit more lenient for travelers arriving with their own vehicle – if arriving from a county in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Ohio and West Virginia with less than 400 cases per 100,000 people (map is updated every Tuesday) , quarantine is not necessary.

Anyone who arrives Washington DC from a high-risk state must be quarantined for 14 days (excluding arrivals from Virginia and Maryland). There are currently 31 states on the high-risk list, last updated on Oct. 5.

All arrivals out of state in Wisconsin are asked to stay at home for 14 days as much as possible. Within the state, people are asked not to travel to other rental or private homes.


Current travel guidelines in the US.

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you don’t travel at all if you want to stay safe; traveling is a sure way to increase the risk of infection. It also reiterates that you should not travel at all if you feel ill or have been in contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past 14 days.

Research shows that traveling in a car and then a train is generally better than traveling by air. Rental cars should always be wiped down with antibacterial gel and surfaces wiped at rest areas or when refueling, and always adhere to strict social distance rules – wear a mask in public and keep more than six feet away from anyone not in your household.

The safest option is still to bring your own food or to order takeout from the curbside collection or drive-through restaurants. Avoid large social gatherings and crowded places such as airports, bus and train stations. If necessary, early morning travel is better as public buildings and transportation are more likely to be disinfected throughout the night.

Masks are advised by the CDC – as the Texas governor’s office says, “a little piece of fabric helps you keep yourself and others healthy” (quoted by CNN).


According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 217,700 deaths in the US, with nearly 8 million cases detected.

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