Editor’s Note — This story was updated in its entirety on May 7 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans.
(CNN) — Total cases of Covid-19 have reached around the 32.6 million mark in the United States. Though some states continue to enforce travel restrictions and quarantines, in general more states have been moving toward looser restrictions or none at all in the past couple of months. The situation remain in flux, though.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still warns against nonessential travel at this time if you’re not fully vaccinated. If you do decide to travel to another state, it is vital that you stay updated on the latest statewide regulations on testing.On April 2, the CDC released new guidance for domestic travelers who have been fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. 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. States that still have travel restrictions may have exceptions for fully vaccinated travelers — check the details before you go.
Even if some US states have no restrictions on allowing leisure travel, all their official websites have important Covid-19 safety information. For instance, some states still have mandates on face masks in public settings.
This list is alphabetical and includes links to state websites that have important details you should read before you cross state lines:
Alabama’s Gulf State Park in the city of Gulf Shores features white sand beaches and extensive dunes.
Courtesy Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Visitors to Alaska are no longer required to have a negative result from a Covid-19 test to enter, though voluntary testing within 72 hours of arrival is still highly recommended. You’re requested to upload results to the Alaska Safe Travels portal. You can also test for free upon arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers are not asked to test or self-quarantine. Airport testing remains available. Starting June 1, all travelers to Alaska at participating airports will be able to get a free Covid-19 vaccine.
Tiny islands dot Lake Ouachita, the largest lake in Arkansas.
Almost all of California is open to out-of-state visitors again. People are encouraged but not required to self-quarantine upon entering the state. All restrictions except those on conventions of more than 5,000 people are expected to be lifted by June 15. Would-be visitors are advised by the state to call ahead for possible local restrictions, and you can click here to find out local travel information. You can check here for updates on California more generally.
Mystic Seaport is a popular spot for visitors to Connecticut.
Day yields to night on Apalachicola Bay on the Florida Panhandle.
Hawaii has had an evolving set of travel requirements. You should read them thoroughly before you plan a trip and check often for updates.
Travelers 5 and older who want to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative Covid-19 test results — from a trusted testing partner — taken within 72 hours of the final leg of departure. You must upload your negative test result to the Safe Travels system before you leave or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of a negative test result before boarding your flight. For more information, check here.
You can find Shoshone Falls on the Snake River outside the town of Twin Falls.
As of May 7, there were no statewide restrictions in Illinois, but visitors heading to Chicago have been placed in two categories — orange and yellow. People from an orange state must quarantine for 10 days unless they have a negative Covid-19 test result no more than 72 hours old or have been vaccinated and meet inoculation guidelines. Travelers coming from a yellow state do not need to quarantine or take a prearrival test, but they are asked to wear a mask and social distance.
A beam of light shines through a natural arch in the chalk pyramids at Monument Rocks, Kansas.
While mostly open, Kansas has 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.
Out-of-state leisure travel is discouraged unless you’re fully vaccinated, but Kentucky has no official travel restrictions. Read Kentucky’s travel advisory here.
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. As of May 7, all states were exempt. Check here for updates.
As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Maryland. Travelers are still strongly encouraged to wear masks. Find out more at VisitMaryland guide.
All visitors, including residents, are asked to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Travelers who have a negative Covid-19 test up to 72 hours before arrival are exempt. Visitors may also test once they arrive in the state, but are asked to quarantine until they receive a negative result. For more exemptions and updates, check here.
Middle America’s best offshore Victorian time warp can be found on Mackinac Island.
Wildlife spotting draws people to Montana. Especially thrilling is catching a sight of bison.
As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Nebraska. International travelers have Covid-19 testing and quarantining requirements, which can be found here.
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.
The summer beach and amusement season is coming to Wildwood and other coastal spots in New Jersey.
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Unvaccinated travelers from anywhere other than New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging with the following in mind:
— If travel is unavoidable, you should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) one to three days before the trip and again three to five days afterward.
— If you test negative, you should quarantine for seven days after travel. If testing is not available or results are delayed, you should quarantine for 10 days after travel.
— You’re requested to fill out a voluntary online survey.
People traveling from out-of-state are recommended to self-quarantine for 10 days or the length of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter. Exemptions from low-risk states are allowed, but currently, only Hawaii is deemed low risk. Check here for updates.
The Finger Lakes region of New York state, which has a growing wine industry, makes for a great outdoor getaway.
Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council
As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions in North Carolina. Check here for updates and details.
As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Ohio. The state encourages travelers to follow CDC guidance. Check here for details.
You can find the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma.
People arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Nonessential travel, which includes tourism, is discouraged. Check here for updates and details as well as exemption requirements. Oregon also has a county-by-county risk assessment map you can check before you travel.
To visit this US commonwealth, you need a negative result from a Covid-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before arrival. If you come without a test result, you must self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of the trip, whichever is shorter. You must also fill out an online travel declaration form. Please check here for details and updates.
UPDATE: Fully vaccinated travelers 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.
Unvaccinated international travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Quarantine time can be shortened to seven days if you receive a negative Covid-19 test at least five days after you’ve arrived.
Unvaccinated domestic travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival or show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival if coming from a state considered a “hot spot.” Click here for that list, last updated May 3. You can check here for updates.
Myrtle Beach has been a favorite for South Carolinians and out-of-state visitors for decades.
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As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions in South Dakota. Some routes through Native American lands might be closed. Check here for updates.
As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Utah, though there is a statewide mask mandate. Check here for updates.
Vermont has issued updated travel guidance for its phased reopening. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to test or quarantine. Unvaccinated people must get a PCR test for Covid-19 taken no more than three days upon arrival. If the result is negative, no quarantine is required. There is additional guidance for international travelers and returning residents. Check here for updates.
As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Virginia. The state suggests getting tested one to three days before travel and again three to five days after you return. Check here for updates.
Visitors are asked to get a test within 72 hours of traveling, and if the test is positive, don’t travel. A PCR test is preferred over antigen test. If you’re visiting DC for more than three days, you are asked to limit activities until you get a second test three to five days after your arrival. If that result is negative, you can expand what you do. There are notable exceptions that don’t require testing:
— If you have been fully vaccinated within 90 days and do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
— If you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 90 days and don’t have symptoms now.
— If you’re from a list of states that’s updated periodically.
On clear days, Mount Rainier in Washington can be seen from many miles away.
As of May 7, there were no travel restrictions in Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee is encouraging visitors to follow CDC guidelines. Check here for details.
As of May 7, there were no statewide travel restrictions. However, the state is discouraging nonessential travel. Check here for updates.
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