If you live in one of these states and travel, you must self-quarantine (check out the list)

As July 4 approaches and more state economies open up, many Americans may want to get on the road following the months of pandemic lockdowns. Many are already driving more, according to recent Apple Mobility Trends reports.

While worries persist over the safety of traveling by plane, domestic road trips may be a good alternative. If you’re seeking a change of scenery or want to see out-of-town family or friends, not every state is prepared to accept you with arms wide open.

Seventeen states have some kind of restrictions on traveling to their states, and there’s often an extra layer of caution for people traveling from COVID-19 hotbeds. Before you take to the open road, check to see if your destination has restrictions that could alter or derail your plans.

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Alabama

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Alaska

Do I have to self-quarantine? Yes, for 14 days.

Unless: Traveler can produce a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure to Alaska; a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within five days of your travel date and then a second test upon arrival and minimize interactions until the second test result is received and confirmed negative.

Arizona

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Arkansas

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

California

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues through the summer vacation season, domestic trips are on the rise but not every state is welcoming to visitors. (Photo: Getty)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues through the summer vacation season, domestic trips are on the rise but not every state is welcoming to visitors. (Photo: Getty)

Colorado

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Connecticut

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Delaware

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Florida

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. If you are coming from Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. Visitors from other locations are not required to self-quarantine.

Georgia

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Hawaii

Do I have to self-quarantine? Yes, for 14 days.

Idaho

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. Those coming from another country or “from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine,” per Idaho’s official state website.

If that applies to you, you’re strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Illinois

Do I have to self-quarantine? No, except if you’re coming from China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea.

Indiana

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Iowa

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Kansas

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. If you live in Kansas and you’re returning home from the following states, then you must self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • Maryland (on or after May 12)
  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas (on or after June 17)

If you’ve traveled internationally or by cruise ship on or after March 15, you must also self-quarantine for 14 days.

Kentucky

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Louisiana

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Maine

Do I have to self-quarantine? Yes. All out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, as well as Mainers returning to Maine, must complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Maryland

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

People are seen on Oludeniz Beach complying with social distance rules as a precaution against COVID-19 during the summer season in Fethiye district of Mugla, Turkey on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Ali Rıza Akkir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People are seen on Oludeniz Beach complying with social distance rules as a precaution against COVID-19 during the summer season in Fethiye district of Mugla, Turkey on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Ali Rıza Akkir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Massachusetts

Do I have to self-quarantine? Yes. All travelers arriving in Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Michigan

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Minnesota

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Mississippi

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Missouri

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Visitors wear protective masks and social distance on a walk along a popular hiking trail along the Santa Monica mountain range in the Encino section of Los Angeles on May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Visitors wear protective masks and social distance on a walk along a popular hiking trail along the Santa Monica mountain range in the Encino section of Los Angeles on May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Montana

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Nebraska

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. If you live in Nebraska and you’re returning home from abroad, then you should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Nevada

Do I have to self-quarantine? No. However, if you tested positive for COVID-19 and have not recovered, if you have been presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, the state discourages you from visiting.

New Hampshire

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

New Jersey

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Summer 2020 will look different as strict mandates prevent domestic travel for some Americans. (Photo: Getty)
Summer 2020 will look different as strict mandates prevent domestic travel for some Americans. (Photo: Getty)

New Mexico

Do I have to self-quarantine? Yes, for 14 days if you traveled by air.

Unless: You identify as an airline employee on travel for work; emergency first responder; health care worker; military personnel; employed by a federal agency or national defense contractor; performing public safety or public health functions; arriving in New Mexico pursuant to a court order, or to conduct business.

New York

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

North Carolina

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

North Dakota

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. If you’re arriving in North Dakota from another country, you must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Ohio

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Typical outdoor summer activities and sports will have to change to mitigate the spread of he pandemic. (Photo: Getty)
Typical outdoor summer activities and sports will have to change to mitigate the spread of he pandemic. (Photo: Getty)

Oklahoma

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Oregon

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. The state recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for people returning to Oregon from areas where COVID-19 is widespread and for people who have been in close, prolonged contact with someone ill with COVID-19.

Pennsylvania

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Rhode Island

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. A 14-day self-quarantine is only in place for Rhode Island residents returning home from an area still under stay-at-home orders.

South Carolina

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. For those coming to South Carolina from international locations or areas of widespread outbreak, the state recommends you self-quarantine for 14 days.

Nolan Jones fly-fishes on the Chagrin River, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Gates Mills, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Nolan Jones fly-fishes on the Chagrin River, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Gates Mills, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

South Dakota

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Tennessee

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Texas

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Utah

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Vermont

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. The state requires all visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days before traveling to Vermont and then drive in your own personal vehicle and not make any stops along the way. Visitors to the Green Mountain state can also self-quarantine for 14 days in a Vermont lodging establishment if traveling by plane, train, bus, or other means of transportation if you made stops along the way.

States have different requirements for visitors as a measure to adhere to social distancing mandates from the pandemic. (Photo: Getty)
States have different requirements for visitors as a measure to adhere to social distancing mandates from the pandemic. (Photo: Getty)

Virginia

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Washington

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

West Virginia

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

Wisconsin

Do I have to self-quarantine? It depends. The state recommends canceling or postponing all travel in Wisconsin, especially those traveling to remote areas that have fewer hospitals and doctors. If you’re traveling from certain cities and counties in the state, you may be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine.

Wyoming

Do I have to self-quarantine? No.

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