Current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in the United States

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Planning ahead has become especially important for travelers electing to fly during the pandemic. When chartering your private flights throughout the holiday season, for winter vacations or essential business travel, it is useful for interstate travelers to remain aware of and understand any current travel restrictions from state-to-state. Across the US, traveler requirements may include passengers to have obtained a prior COVID-19 test and fulfill mandatory self-quarantines after arriving. Additionally, there is also a great attention given to understanding local practices for mask mandates and safe social distancing. As well, for companies and business travelers, there may be additional necessities if traveling for essential work.

As states and governments around the world continue to review their guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic and peak season, including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, our aviation experts are available 24/7 to provide the most up-to-date advice and information on a state-by-state and country-by-country basis. At Air Partner, a dedicated Account Manager will advise on any considerations to make before you fly and answer any question you may have. While you are booking your private jet flights to and from any destination, our air charter specialists ensure that you can fly to any destination and return home without interruption. 

Currently, more than half of US states do not have statewide travel restrictions (see below), which means there aren’t any current quarantine or COVID testing requirements for those states in order to travel from other states.

For the states where restrictions are in effect, there may be a varying degree of requirements, however these are quite consistent for travelers from coast to coast. For these restricted states, the regulations typically surround those flying from "higher risk" states (noted by areas with COVID-19 infection rates ranging from 5% to 15%), and typically there is a 14-day mandatory quarantine after arrival for out-of-state travelers.

Prior to flying to a state with restrictions, it is important to verify if a negative COVID-19 test result will be required. In that case, typically proof must be provided 72 hours or 3 days before the day of flight. In some states, there may be a more lenient policy such as the 72-hour COVID test eliminating the need for the noted quarantine period, such as in Maine, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island. If you are flying to Hawaii, there are certified 72-hour COVID-19 tests that will allow for visitors to avoid quarantine. Among the the more stringent U.S. states, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New Mexico have each a mandatory 14-day quarantine regardless of a negative COVID test. Some states vary in their approach, New York has recently adopted a more relaxed approach with an option to do two COVID tests (3 days prior to arrival and 4 days after arriving) versus the 14-day quarantine. Illinois has only restrictions for inter-state travelers flying to Chicago, and Idaho only recommends quarantine for those flying to Boise and Apa County. For business travelers, companies should consider always providing their traveling employees with written letters claiming the business travel purposes essential, as such is the case for Alaska.

When choosing to charter an aircraft, we can arrange to fly from a private terminal, thus avoiding busier airports and vastly reducing any time spent in more exposed environments, greatly lessening any potential infection risk. Private terminals sometimes allow for direct airside access for ground transportation. With the regulations and best practices in place, our team ensures regularly disinfecting aircraft, supplying PPE upon request, and carrying out temperature checks before boarding, providing greater peace of mind for your private flights. We handle any of your requests so your flights are according to your specification.

As of November 4th , the US states without any statewide travel restrictions currently include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

The US states with travel restrictions currently include:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington D.C
  • Wisconsin

 

While restrictions and regulations are subject to change, it is important to stay informed.

Contact us for the latest travel information and your private aviation needs at any time.

Note: This article was posted on November 4th. Please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

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