Testing and Quarantine Requirements in the US
It’s time for an update on travel within the US, so this week’s article is a list of testing requirements for those states that have them, and quarantine restrictions where they exist. This info will be pretty boring, so I’ll throw in a colorful photo here or there to satisfy your visual appetite. Your personal lack of interest aside, one of my jobs is to keep travelers informed; it’s easy to forget that even here in the US where it’s tempting (and fairly easy) to go across state lines, we have to be cognizant of the rules at our destination pertinent to the pandemic.
This information is current as of this writing as best as I can determine. I’ll talk about Hawaii separately and it’s the last paragraph.
I’ll make you a deal – next week’s article will be more interesting and inspiring. In the meantime, If you know anyone making an interstate journey, send this to them so the stay as savvy as you are.
KEY STATES WITH TESTING REQUIREMENTS
•Pitkin County, Aspen, CO – Negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or 14-day quarantine.
•Alaska – Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and strict social distancing for five days. Second test on day 5 is recommended but not required.
•Massachusetts – Visitors must either provide a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival or quarantine for 14 days. Exempted states include Hawai’i
•Maine – Must provide a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival unless from NH or VT; otherwise 14-day quarantine.
•Connecticut – Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival; otherwise 14-day quarantine. Exempted states include DC, HI, NJ, NY, RI.
•Rhode Island – Negative test taken within 72 hours or 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with 5%+ positive rate. Exempted states include CT, HI, ME,NY,VT.
•New York – Negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival, three-day quarantine and second test on Day 4 of stay. Exempted states include CT, MA, NJ, PA, VT.
•Washington, D.C. – Negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival and second test 3-5 days later. Exempted states include MD, VA & jurisdictions with less than ten cases per 100 thousand.
•Pennsylvania – Visitors must either provide a negative PCR test performed within 72hours prior to arrival or quarantine for 10 days.
KEY STATES WITH QUARANTINES
•California, Oregon & Washington – 14-day quarantine for all non-essential visitors. Most of CA and parts of WA and OR are under a stay-at-home order.
•Chicago, IL – 14-day quarantine for non-essential visitors. Visitors from some states may provide a PCR taken within 72 hours to avoid quarantine. States exempt from quarantine and testing requirements include HI, ME, VT.
•New Jersey – 10-day quarantine for all non-essential visitors. Those with negative test results may exit quarantine on Day 7. Exempt states include CT, DE, NY, PA.
•Vermont – All visitors must quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine may be expedited by having a test done on or after Day 7.
•New Hampshire – Visitors are asked to quarantine for ten days. Quarantine may be expedited with a PCR test on Day 7. Exempted states include CT, MA, ME, RI, VT.
•New Mexico – Visitors must quarantine for 14 days; negative PCR test is no longer accepted as an alternative. Exempt states include Hawaii.
•Minnesota – 14-day quarantine for all non-essential visitors.
•Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio – Visitors arriving from areas with significant community spread are recommended to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
The state requires a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival to bypass the 10-day quarantine. There’s a great graphic here, that explains the states requirements. There are extensive, frequently changing rules surrounding quarantining, including not being able to rent a car or stay in a short-term or vacation rental. Additional inter-island quarantine/testing protocols are as follows:
•O’ahu – No quarantine or test requirement for inter-island arrivals.
•Big Island – Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival is required for inter-island arrivals to bypass 10-day quarantine. All arriving passengers will be screened with a free rapid antigen test.
•Kaua’i – Mandatory 10-day quarantine for mainland and inter-island arrivals. Travelers from out of state now have the option of a shortened three-day quarantine by participating in the resort bubble post-travel testing program. I have details on this, so contact me if you’re dreaming about Kaua’i.
•Maui, Lanai & Molokai (Maui County) – Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival required for inter-island arrivals to bypass the 10-day quarantine. A second test is voluntary, taken 72 hours after arrival. No quarantine or test for travel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai.
•Beginning February 1, vaccinated travelers will not be subject to any quarantine or testing requirements; as you can imagine, this date is subject to change depending on conditions yet to be determined..
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'til next week.
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