States are reopening. But many still require travelers to self-quarantine. Here’s where

States are slowly beginning to open back up, but that still 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 have discouraged interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine for 14 days.

Some counties or municipalities have also 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’re planning to stop overnight. 

See which states have lifted quarantine orders and which still require or recommend them.


In Alaska, travelers arriving at state airports will be required to fill out a mandatory 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 within the state. 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.”


An Arkansas 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 is urging any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation to self-quarantine for 14 days.


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


Everyone traveling to Florida 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.” 


Hawaii Gov. David Y. 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. 

According to the state, 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. Non-essential travel should be limited or avoided, according to the order.  


The state is requiring a 14-day quarantine for those Kansans returing 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)


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


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


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


Nebraskans and travelers coming into the state should self-quarantine and monitor themselves for 14 days. If you’re staying in the state less for less than that, do the same for your duration. The recommendation excludes health care workers, commuters and certain other groups. 


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

New Mexico

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

North Dakota

The state’s health order has been amended, allowing North Dakota residents to travel freely within the United States and releases requirements for everyone except international travelers, except for those commuting internationally to and from North Dakota for work or for essential supplies and services and essential critical infrastructure work. 


Gov. Kevin Stitt has not yet 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

Although Rhode Island 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 still recommends that travelers returning to South Carolina 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 another month, until June 15. Travelers to the state must still self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.


The Virginia 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 is known to be circulating widely in the community.


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

Contributing: Curtis Tate, Bill KeveneHannah Yasharoff, Jayme Deerwester, Nicquel Terry Ellis, Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY; Jon Campbell, New York State Team – USA TODAY Network; Reno Gazette Journal; The Associated Press