Maybe your parents let Thanksgiving slip through this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. but you are she Coming home for Christmas, right?
Vacation travel is stressful in the best of years. But there is an additional wrinkle in many states this year: self-quarantine. To try to control the spread of COVID-19, which is spreading again across a vast area of the country, many states are setting quarantine requirements for new arrivals.
We have briefly touched upon this issue In our latest blog post discussing Thanksgiving meetings. But this post is about the additional plans you will have to make if you are bent on making your family happy with a vacation visit. Check back for updates if conditions change!
What countries require quarantine for new arrivals?
Currently, the following countries have some form of travel restrictions in place. Depending on the state you want to visit, the place you come from will affect whether you have to be quarantined. These lists change frequently, so it’s important that you know them before you go.
- Alaska: All arrivals must be out of state Submit a travel permit plan Show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or purchase a test on arrival and isolate yourself until you get your results.
- Connecticut: All out-of-state arrivals must quarantine for 14 days if they come from a state with a positive case rate higher than 10 / 100,000 residents or a 10% positive test average. The The list of countries that meet these criteria is high.
- Hawaii: All arrivals from out of state must either Presenting a negative test that was taken within 72 hours of departure to Hawaii From a list of approved testing partners or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
- Kansas: Coming from North Dakota Or, anyone who has attended a gathering of more than 500 people where social distancing and mask use has not been enforced must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
- who: Expats from nearly every state in the country except for some other northeastern states It should result in a negative test taken within the last 72 hours Or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
- Massachusetts: Visitors from any country except for a small list You must either submit a negative test that is done within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 14 days.
- New Hampshire: Visitors from anywhere in the country other than New England You must either be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in New Hampshire or quarantine for 14 days before your flight, as long as you do not use public transportation.
- New Jersey: Visitors from a long list of countries He will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Visitors from neighboring states likely won’t need to be quarantined, but New Jersey discourages all non-essential domestic travel.
- New Mexico: Perhaps the most restrictive plan was in the lower 48 states, The state of New Mexico requires all visitors from a long list of states Quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, including the requirement of “physical separation from others in the residence”. New Mexico residents who visit a visitor then must also quarantine for a period of 14 days.
- New York: Visitors from any country not adjacent to New York You must either be quarantined for a period of 14 days upon arrival, provide evidence of a negative test taken within the previous 72 hours, or take a negative test no later than the fourth day of quarantine.
- Rhode Island: Expatriates from any country with a positive test rate of at least 5% Must be quarantined for 14 days or present evidence of negative test within 72 hours of arrival. You can also take a negative test after arriving out of quarantine.
- Vermont: Visitors from an ever-changing (and shrinking) list of safe districts in the northeastern states They can avoid quarantine if they come to Vermont in a personal car. All others must self-quarantine for seven days, followed by a negative test, or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
- Washington, DC: All visitors are from a long list of countries You must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. Residents of Maryland and Virginia are exempt.
What happens if I violate an order?
As we wrote about it earlier, a lot Lawyers and public health experts question the state’s ability to punish someone To violate the quarantine order. States do not have the authority under the constitution to deny entry from other states.
However, the bigger question is whether these requests are enough to stop you or make you rethink your travel plans this holiday season. If you violate the quarantine order and face penalties, you will likely ruin your flight there, even if you are ultimately able to avoid the punishment. As with many public health issues in this pandemic, compliance is voluntary, but very beneficial.