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Here Are The Current Travel Restrictions In Every State

Read this before you make any plans.

As the holidays approach, people may be thinking about traveling home, despite the surge in COVID-19 cases across the US and the associated risks. The CDC strongly recommends that you don't travel for Thanksgiving (and avoid unnecessary trips in general). But if you do have to travel, it's important to take safety precautions (Socially distance! Wear a mask! Wash your hands!) and be aware of each state's restrictions.

Keep in mind that this list covers statewide restrictions on travel, but each state also has different policies for mask wearing and business operations, so be sure to read up on the latest mandates and follow the CDC's guidelines wherever you go.

We will continue to update this post as restrictions change, but you should always check official state government websites before making plans.

1. Alabama

Orange beach's white sand and blue waters at sunset, dotted with people
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There are no travel restrictions.

2. Alaska

Mt. Hunter covered in snow with autumn-colored trees in the foreground
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Anyone arriving in Alaska must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure or get tested upon arrival (but the latter will cost you $250 and you'll have to self-isolate until you get your results). Visitors must also fill out a "Travel Declaration and Self-Isolation Plan" form when they arrive.

3. Arizona

Sunset over the Arizona desert with two cacti in the background
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There are no travel restrictions, but people arriving from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport or Tucson International Airport will be required to wear masks.

4. Arkansas

A drone shot of Eureka Springs in autumn
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There are no travel restrictions.

5. California

Shell Beach at sunset with wildflowers growing along the cliff
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The state asks returning residents and visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days from arrival.

6. Colorado

A snow-capped mountain range under a purple sunset with wild purple flowers in the foreground
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There are no travel restrictions.

7. Connecticut

A lighthouse in New Haven against a blue sky
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Travelers entering from most states must either self-quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors must also complete a travel health form. People who fail to complete the form or violate the self-quarantine may be subject to a $500 fine.

8. Delaware

Inside the Ashland covered bridge with autumn trees showing on the other side
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There are no travel restrictions.

9. Florida

An empty beach in Ft. Lauderdale with a lone lifeguard station and palm tree
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There are no travel restrictions.

10. Georgia

Forsyth Park with people walking under a canopy of trees towards a historic fountain
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There are no travel restrictions.

11. Hawaii

Waianapanapa Beach with black sand, blue waves, and lush greenery on the cliffside
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As of Nov. 24, any traveler to Hawaii must provide a negative COVID-19 test (from an approved testing site) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Otherwise, travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days, even if they receive a negative test while on the island. Travelers must also fill out a health questionnaire and undergo a secondary screening upon arrival at the airport, including a temperature check and potentially a second COVID-19 test (paid for by the state). As of Dec. 2, visitors to Kauai (whether from another island or the mainland) must quarantine for 14 days regardless of a negative test result.

12. Idaho

A dirt road extends towards mountains under a cloudy blue sky surrounded by a field of bright mustard flowers
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There are no travel restrictions.

13. Illinois

A river leads to a cluster of tall skyscrapers and green trees on either side
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There are no statewide restrictions, but Chicago requires visitors arriving from certain states to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or quarantine for 14 days.

14. Indiana

Close up of a corn field under a blue sky with a few clouds
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There are no travel restrictions.

15. Iowa

A cloudy sky over cornfields
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There are no travel restrictions.

16. Kansas

A cloudy sunset over a field of sunflowers
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Visitors who meet certain criteria, such as taking a cruise after March 15, traveling from North or South Dakota, or attending an out-of-state gathering of more than 500 people, must self-quarantine for 14 days.

17. Kentucky

Yahoo Falls surrounded by autumn trees at golden hour
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The state recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers from (or who recently visited) states with a 15% or higher positive testing rate. The state also discourages any nonessential travel at this time.

18. Louisiana

A streetcar runs down a busy street in New Orleans
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There are no travel restrictions.

19. Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse under an almost-sunset sky
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Visitors from most states (except Vermont and New Hampshire) are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival into the state. A "Certificate of Compliance" stating that you intend to quarantine or proof of your negative result must be shown to all lodgings, such as Airbnbs, hotels, and campgrounds.

20. Maryland

A sailboat passes by lake-front houses during golden hour in Annapolis
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Returning residents and travelers are strongly urged to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before or immediately after arriving in the state. People who have recently visited a state with a positivity rate of 10% or higher are asked to get tested and self-quarantine until results are obtained.

21. Massachusetts

A drone shot of Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation with a bridge over the water and fall foliage beyond
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Visitors and returning residents must complete a travel form and provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or self-quarantine for 14 days. People who don't comply may receive fines of $500 a day. There are some exemptions for travelers from lower-risk states.

22. Michigan

A blue sky with a few fluffy clouds over Bond Falls, which feeds into a still lake and plenty of green trees
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There are no travel restrictions.

23. Minnesota

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As of Nov. 20, visitors and reentering residents are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as part of the state's four-week "Dial Back, Minnesota" initiative. During this time, all bars and restaurants will be restricted to takeout/delivery.

24. Mississippi

Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge lit up during sunset
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There are no travel restrictions.

25. Missouri

The gateway arch against a cloudless blue sky with grass and trees in the foreground
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There are no travel restrictions.

26. Montana

A wide shot of a cliff dotted with trees overlooking a lake and a tall mountain in Glacier National Park
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There are no travel restrictions, but travelers entering at airports or train depots should expect screenings by the Montana National Guard. Restrictions may vary on Indian reservations.

27. Nebraska

A green field full of buffalo under a blue, pink, and cloudy sky
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There are no travel restrictions.

28. Nevada

The iconic "welcome to fabulous las vegas" sign under a blue sky with a slightly grainy, old-timey filter
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There are no travel restrictions, but the state recommends avoiding overly crowded popular sites, such as Lake Mead.

29. New Hampshire

A field of purple lupine flowers leading up to an old-fashioned white building under a twilight sky
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Visitors and residents returning from non–New England states should self-quarantine for 14 days.

30. New Jersey

An old lifeboat sits on white sand in front of Victorian homes on Cape May
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As of Nov. 25, People arriving from states outside of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and fill out a voluntary online survey about their travels.

31. New Mexico

A colorful sunset over white sand desert that stretches the entire frame of the photo
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People arriving from high-risk states are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

32. New York

A top view of the autumnal trees of Central Park with the NYC skyline behind
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Travelers from noncontiguous states must self-quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure prior to arrival in New York. Upon arrival, they must still self-quarantine for three days and then undergo a second test. If the second test is also negative, visitors can end their quarantine. All travelers (even from neighboring states) must fill out a health form.

33. North Carolina

Green trees in the foreground and the sloping hills of Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, all covered by a hazy dawn mist
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There are no travel restrictions.

34. North Dakota

The rugged, red-tinged rocky badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park under a cloudless blue sky
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There are no travel restrictions for people traveling within the US.

35. Ohio

Downtown Cleveland at dusk with train tracks on the left and a freight train rolling down river on the right
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Although not a mandate, visitors arriving from states with a 15% or higher positivity rate are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

36. Oklahoma

Sunset over the Antelope Hills turns the grass a rusty red
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There are no travel restrictions.

37. Oregon

Snow capped Mt. Hood extends out of hills of dark green trees into a blue, cloud-less sky
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The state is asking returning residents and visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days.

38. Pennsylvania

Autumn-colored trees over rolling hills with a river lined with houses in the foreground
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Out-of-state travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or self-quarantine for 14 days. Failure to comply may lead to fines of up to $300.

39. Rhode Island

Dry seagrass on the left and sand on the right lead up to a farmhouse jutting across a blue sky
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Visitors from states with a 5% or higher positivity rate must self-quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours prior to arrival.

40. South Carolina

A close up of tall grass on sand on Hilton Head island with the ocean and a single sailboat in the distance
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There are no travel restrictions.

41. South Dakota

A man reclines on a rock overlooking rocky badlands during sunset
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There are no travel restrictions, but routes that pass through tribal lands may be closed or restricted.

42. Tennessee

A drone shot over Nashville with the river in the center and a sunset in the background
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There are no travel restrictions.

43. Texas

A small river in Big Bend National Park snakes through grass and leads to a background of rock face
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There are no travel restrictions.

44. Utah

An arch at Arches National Park sits in the foreground with cliffs and a sunset behind it
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There are no current travel restrictions.

45. Vermont

A red barn sits on green grass with autumnal trees in the background and two cows grazing in the foreground
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Returning residents and visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days. People may be able to end their quarantine after seven days if they do not show symptoms and receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

46. Virginia

The Carillon Tower, Byrd Park and the CSX A-Line Bridge over the James River just west of Richmond
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There are no travel restrictions.

47. Washington

Snow capped Mt. Rainier rises into a blue sky with greenery and wildflowers in the foreground
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The state asks visitors and returning residents to self-quarantine for 14 days.

48. Washington, DC

Jefferson Memorial in the background with cherry blossom branches surrounding it close to the camera and the reflection of the building in the water
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Anyone intending to travel to Washington should take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure and travel only if the result is negative. Visitors who are staying in DC for more than three days must also get tested within three to five days of arrival unless they meet certain exception criteria.

49. West Virginia

A hike sits on a cliff overlooking the green trees of Dolly Sods Wilderness under a blue and cloudy sky
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There are no travel restrictions.

50. Wisconsin

Red, sandstone cliffs jut out over a frozen lake where two small figures walk
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There are no travel restrictions, but the state encourages postponing any nonessential travel.

51. Wyoming

Buffalo graze on a prairie in the foreground while the snowcapped Grand Teton Mountain Range juts out in the background
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There are no travel restrictions, but the state recommends following CDC guidelines on traveling safely.

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