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Covid-19 travel restrictions and safety guidance state by state

Forrest Brown and Megan Marples, CNNUpdated 4th October 2021
Editor's Note — This listing was last updated in full on October 4.
(CNN) — Almost all travel restrictions between US states have been lifted since the spring and early summer of 2021. As we enter the fall travel season, the Delta variant wave has begun to subside in some of the hardest-hit areas. Since the start of the pandemic, total cases of Covid-19 have reached around the 43.7 million mark in the United States.
As of October 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still warned against nonessential travel for people who are not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine, and they don't need to test negative before or after their travels unless the destination requires it, CDC guidance says.
They are still required to wear masks on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and are advised to wear masks in indoor public places with significant Covid transmission.
If you do decide to travel to another state or territory, you should still check out the latest local guidance before you go. Even though almost all states have dropped their travel restrictions, their official websites have important Covid-19 safety information you still need to know and rules you'll be expected to follow.
This list is alphabetical and includes links to state websites:

Alabama

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is open in Huntsville, Alabama. Face masks are required inside buildings and on simulators.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is open in Huntsville, Alabama. Face masks are required inside buildings and on simulators.
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There are no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. You can check here for updates and safety guidance.

Alaska

UPDATE: There are no statewide travel restrictions in Alaska. Pre-travel testing isn't required, but it's highly encouraged and free at participating airports. All travelers to Alaska can get a free Covid-19 vaccine at participating airports. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Arizona

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona. Check here for updates and safety guidance. Here's a direct link for information on Native American lands within the state.

Arkansas

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Arkansas. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

California

UPDATE: California is fully open, but large events (more than 10,000 people outdoors or 1,000 indoors) might have vaccination or testing requirements. That includes theme parks and sports venues. You can check here for updates and safety guidance on California statewide and click here to find out local travel information.
Wildfire update as of October 4: Lassen Volcanic National Park is still closed, and most facilities and roads in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks are closed.

Colorado

There are no travel restrictions in Colorado. You can click here for statewide updates and safety guidance. You can click here for regional information about what's open.

Connecticut

The picturesque West Cornwall Covered Bridge goes over the Housatonic River.
The picturesque West Cornwall Covered Bridge goes over the Housatonic River.
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Connecticut no longer has travel restrictions. Covid-19 tests and quarantines for nonvaccinated travelers are now just recommended but not required. Travelers are asked to follow CDC travel guidelines. Please check here for updates.

Delaware

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Delaware. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Florida

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Florida. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Georgia

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Georgia. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Hawaii

UPDATE: As of October 4, Hawaii still had the strictest entry requirements of any state. People who aren't fully vaccinated still need a negative Covid-19 test to enter. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Idaho

Bikers ride on a biking and hiking path that crosses Chatcolet Lake in northern Idaho.
Bikers ride on a biking and hiking path that crosses Chatcolet Lake in northern Idaho.
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There are no statewide travel restrictions in Idaho. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Illinois

UPDATE: There are no statewide travel restrictions in Illinois. Check here for updates and safety guidance.
Chicago has separate system that advises Covid-19 testing or quarantine if the unvaccinated visitor comes from a state with a significant infection rate. As of September 29, there were 48 states and three territories on the "orange list" that asks for testing or quarantine.

Indiana

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Indiana. Check here for updates and guidance.

Iowa

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Iowa. Check here for updates and guidance.

Kansas

While mostly open, Kansas has had some rather specific quarantine requirements based on previous travel destinations and when you went there. They are subject to frequent change. Check here for updates and more details.

Kentucky

Boats dock at the marina in Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Kentucky near the border with Tennessee.
Boats dock at the marina in Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Kentucky near the border with Tennessee.
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Leisure travel is discouraged unless you're fully vaccinated, but Kentucky has no official travel restrictions. Read Kentucky's travel advisory here.

Louisiana

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Louisiana. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Maine

Visitors from all states are exempt from travel restrictions unless determined otherwise by the Maine CDC. Travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival and fill out a travel protocol form if they are arriving from a nonexempt state. Check here for updates and here for FAQs.

Maryland

Sandy Point State Park on Chesapeake Bay is a popular outdoor gathering spot.
Sandy Point State Park on Chesapeake Bay is a popular outdoor gathering spot.
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There are no statewide travel restrictions in Maryland. Find out more at VisitMaryland guide.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts encourages only fully vaccinated people to travel, but it has no formal travel restrictions. Check here for update and safety guidance.

Michigan

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Michigan. Check here for updates and this PDF on Michigan travel safety.

Minnesota

There are no official statewide travel restrictions in Minnesota. Find out more: Explore Minnesota | Minnesota Department of Health.

Mississippi

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Mississippi. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Missouri

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Missouri. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Montana

Wildlife spotting draws people to Montana. Especially thrilling is catching a sight of bison.
Wildlife spotting draws people to Montana. Especially thrilling is catching a sight of bison.
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There are no statewide travel restrictions in Montana. Please check here for updates and safety guidance. Check here for information on Native American reservations.

Nebraska

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Nebraska. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Nevada

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Nevada. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

New Hampshire

Domestic visitors to New Hampshire no longer need to quarantine or take a Covid-19 test to travel to New Hampshire, but it is still recommended to get tested three to five days after arrival. However, people who have had traveled internationally within 10 days of arriving in New Hampshire or have been on a cruise ship do need to follow testing and quarantine protocols unless they meet certain exceptions. Check here for important details.

New Jersey

There are no statewide travel restrictions in New Jersey. Check here for updates and safety guidelines.

New Mexico

There are no statewide travel restrictions in New Mexico. More information: New Mexico Travel Advisory.

New York

New York City's subway system is in full operation. Masks are still required in indoor stations and on trains.
New York City's subway system is in full operation. Masks are still required in indoor stations and on trains.
UPDATE: There are no statewide travel restrictions in New York state; however, you are expected to follow vaccine and testing rules for entry into various sites of interest to tourists. Check here for updates and safety guidelines.

North Carolina

There are no statewide travel restrictions in North Carolina. Check here for updates and safety guidelines.

North Dakota

There are no statewide travel restrictions in North Dakota. Check here for updates and safety guidelines.

Ohio

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Ohio. The state encourages travelers to follow CDC guidance. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Oklahoma

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Oklahoma. Check here for updates.

Oregon

UPDATE: There are no longer any travel restrictions in Oregon. Check here for updates and safety guidance, including wildfire information.

Pennsylvania

Philadelpia's skyline as seen from the South Street Bridge.
Philadelpia's skyline as seen from the South Street Bridge.
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There are no statewide travel restrictions in Pennsylvania. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Puerto Rico

Fully vaccinated travelers to this US commonwealth island must upload their vaccination card to the island's online portal, which will generate a QR code. Nonvaccinated travelers on domestic flights must have a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If you come without a test, you must test with 48 hours of arrival and quarantine pending results. Check here for updates and details.

Rhode Island

Domestic travelers -- fully vaccinated or not -- do not need to quarantine if it's been at least 14 days since your final vaccine, and you have not showed symptoms of Covid-19 before traveling to Rhode Island.
International travelers must follow US testing guidelines. You can check here for updates.

South Carolina

The Citadel's campus is one of many standout architectural spots in Charleston.
The Citadel's campus is one of many standout architectural spots in Charleston.
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There are no statewide travel restrictions in South Carolina. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

South Dakota

There are no statewide travel restrictions in South Dakota. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Tennessee

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Tennessee. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Texas

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Texas. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Utah

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Utah. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Vermont

Vermont no longer has testing or quarantine requirements for domestic visitors. Check here for updates, gathering limitations and mask rules for unvaccinated people.

Virginia

A view of the fall colors along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
A view of the fall colors along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
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There are no statewide travel restrictions in Virginia. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Washington, DC

Travelers who aren't fully vaccinated and coming from a high-risk area or those staying more than a day are still asked to take a Covid-19 test. Check here for that list, updates and important details. And you can click here for the status of tourist-oriented sites.

Washington state

There are no travel restrictions in Washington state. Find out more: Department of Health | Visit Seattle.

West Virginia

There are no statewide travel restrictions in West Virginia. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Wisconsin

There are no statewide travel restrictions. However, the state is discouraging nonessential travel unless you're fully vaccinated. Check here for updates and safety guidance.

Wyoming

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Wyoming. Check here for updates and safety guidance.