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U.S. Travel Advisory: States Travelers Must Quarantine Upon Arrival

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While the U.S. is open for tourism to many countries, there are still travel restrictions in place for individual States that all travelers need to know.

Here is Travel Off Path's latest travel advisory for the United States including which states still have a mandatory 14 day quarantine for all incoming travelers. 

American traveler picks up bag at airport

Firstly before considering traveling to the U.S. be aware that there are still travel bans in place. The following countries/regions are prohibited from visiting the United States: 

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Iran 
  • Europe including: Austria, Belgium Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland

Traveling to the United States is prohibited from the above countries if if a traveler has been in any of those countries in the previous 14 days before arriving to the U.S. (not including US citizens returning home.)

American traveler at airport wearing mask

U.S. States With a 14 Day Quarantine 


Alaska Anchorage Airport

All travelers arriving in Alaska must submit a travel declaration and self-isolation plan on the Alaska Travel Portal. An option to get out of quarantine early is available through COVID-19 testing. 


All international travelers arriving in Connecticut must self-quarantine for 14 days if they are arriving from a country that is rated as a level 3 travel notice by the CDC.

If arriving from another state with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days. 


The skyline and coast of Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu, Hawaii
Starting October 15, travelers arriving with a proof of a negative PCR swab test taken no earlier than 72 hours before their flight can avoid the state's quarantine. This includes anyone 5 or older.
Until then, Hawaii still has a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine system in place.


Boise, Idaho

Traveler headed to Ada County, which includes Boise are “encouraged” to quarantine for 14 days.



A 14-day quarantine is required for visitors heading to Chicago from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

International travelers from areas of higher risk “should” self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival into the U.S.


Wichita Kansas
Travelers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Kansas (this includes residents and visitors) if they have:
  • Attended mass gathering events (out-of-state) of 500 people or more.
  • Took a sea or river cruise ship since March.


Louisville Kentucky

Visitors from states with a testing positivity rate of 15% or more according to the Johns Hopkins University ‘should' quarantine for 14 days.

International travelers arriving in Kentucky do not need to quarantine. 



Travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or sign a form stating they've received a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. Travelers may also receive a test in Maine but must self-isolate while awaiting results. 



Travelers must “quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative Covid-19 test result no older than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.”

New Jersey

All travelers arriving from a country or region with widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19 (CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice) ‘should' self isolate for 14 days.

All travelers to New Jersey from states that have a Covid-19 testing positivity rate of 10% or higher is asked to quarantine for 14 days. 

New Mexico

new mexico

Travelers arriving from out-of-state to New Mexico are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. These states are exempt

International travelers flying into New Mexico must self-isolate for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the state or for the duration of their stay in the state, whichever is shorter.

New York

Tourist wearing a mask takes a picture in Times Square during COVID-19

All travelers who have recently visited a state with a positive testing rate of 10% or higher over a seven-day rolling period or had a positive test rate of 10 or more per 100,000 residents must quarantine for 14 days.

All international travelers arriving at New York airports must now quarantine for 14 days after arrival, according to a new executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The following countries are exempt from the quarantine: 

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Bonaire
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Guernsey
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Isle of Man
  • Laos
  • Macau SAR
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Palau
  • Saba
  • Saint Bethelemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste


Travelers visiting Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or more must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Rhode Island

Rhode island

Travelers visiting Rhode Island from a state that has a positive testing rate of 5% or more must self-quarantine for 14 days. 


Most travelers visiting Vermont must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Washington, DC

Visitors traveling to or from a high-risk state must self-quarantine for 14 days. The restrictions exclude Virginia and Maryland.

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Originally Published October 13th, 2020

Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Lily Blitstein

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Thank you so much for the constant updates and information. I rely on your advise and the travelers knowledge and current experience. After 7 months in the UK with a short escape to Croatia in late August, I'm ready to return home to Florida. Good to know there is no 14 days quarantine required at this time..


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Thanks for the post. Interesting, but CDC does not require to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival to US. (link)

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Each state is still free to impose its own covid-19 rules and restrictions in addition to any advice the CDC gives. Some states have chosen to ignore the general advice by the CDC and heighten regulations on their own terms and agenda.


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Is USA open for tourism again Can we foreigners Pakistanis visit Newyork for pleasure visit and tourism with valid visa b1 b2 Will there be any issue regarding my travel or they would inquire me some more as compared to normal travel Looking for a informative response

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

You will need to confirm your travel with US border police or the US consulate to be sure


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Well ... What about layovers in United States in a flight from Canada to Mexico?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Layovers are happening without issue. If you have doubts, contact your airline for advice