The State of Maine, its communities, and its diverse tourism and hospitality industries know that visitors want to travel to locations that are safe and healthy, and they want to enjoy the communities, businesses and outdoor locations that make Maine so special.
To that end, Maine launched the Keep Maine Healthy plan as a multilayered approach that aims to protect Maine people, protect visitors, and support Maine small businesses by reducing, to the greatest extent possible, COVID-19 risks associated with travel.
This multilayered approach builds off successful efforts to ensure Maine businesses are implementing added health and safety precautions through detailed COVID-19 Prevention Checklists, which require a number of measures from wearing face masks to physical distancing procedures.
FAQ For Travel and Visitors (Updated March 5, 2021)
- What are Maine’s policies for visitors traveling from out-of-state or Maine residents traveling to other states?
Generally, visitors to or from other states must get a recent negative COVID-19 test or maintain compliance with a 10-day quarantine (PDF) upon arrival in Maine. As of March 5, 2021, exemptions from testing or quarantine are available for:
- Residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts
- Individuals that have had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Workers that have not received a negative test result upon return to Maine must quarantine for 10 days when not performing essential work. And workers traveling to or from non-exempt states for purposes other than work (e.g., dropping off a child at college) are subject to the test or quarantine requirement.;
This policy applies to Maine residents who travel to non-exempt states as well as non-exempt states’ residents who travel to Maine. It also applies for day trips (e.g., a trip from Maine to New York for medical appointments or shopping) and seasonal home owners.
People who are not residents of Maine will be asked to sign a "Certificate of Compliance" if they seek lodging in Maine.
This certificate indicates either that they have received a recent negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 10 days (or the full duration of their stay if fewer than 10 days), or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine, or that they are exempt due to being fully vaccinated or having had COVID-19.
This compliance form must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, including but not limited to campgrounds, seasonal rentals, overnight camps, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative COVID-19 test result or vaccination upon request.
Workers continue to be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements if they are traveling to Maine to work, or are from Maine and are traveling out-of-state for work and returning home.
Workers that have not received a negative test result upon return to Maine must quarantine for 10 days when not performing work. And workers traveling to or from non-exempt states for purposes other than work (e.g., dropping off a child at college) are subject to the test or quarantine requirement.
Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine will shift its COVID-19 travel policy by May 1, 2021 to automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.
- How will I prove that I do not need to quarantine upon my arrival at a lodging establishment or rental?
Maine is utilizing a “Certificate of Compliance” that adult visitors must submit the certificate prior to, or upon arrival, at their lodging establishment or rental.
The certificate requires each visiting adult to complete and sign an attestation that he or she has had a negative test for COVID-19 consistent with CDC guidance, has had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or agrees to comply with Maine’s quarantine. The visitor will also submit they are not currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The lodging establishment will retain a copy of the visitor’s “Certificate of Compliance.” They can also document the date of the guest’s first night of entry in Maine via a receipt, and any other guests in the party, in case they are traveling elsewhere and need to show verification of the first night of stay in Maine. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result or full vaccination.
- Why is Maine exempting people who have had COVID-19 or been fully vaccinated from the quarantine or test requirement?
Scientific evidence indicates that people who have recently had COVID-19, within the last 90 days, are effectively immune from the disease and very unlikely to transmit the virus. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated are also unlikely to transmit COVID-19. However, all visitors should continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing and hand hygiene to reduce the risk even further.
- Why is Maine exempting travel to and from certain states?
Maine is exempting people traveling to and from certain states from the testing and 10-day quarantine requirements because, when adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar or better to Maine's, as compared to other states, and they are within driving distance, limiting the risk of contracting COVID-19 due to travel.
Maine considers a number of quantitative measures in making this determination, which is designed to protect public health.
- Will Maine consider lifting the state exemptions?
Yes. Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine will shift its COVID-19 travel policy by May 1, 2021 to automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.
- Is there an application process for an exemption? Is there an office or person who can grant an exemption?
No. The Governor’s executive order does not create a process for individuals to seek and receive an exemption to this policy.
- What is Maine's policy on wearing face coverings?
Maine has mandated wearing a cloth face covering (PDF) in public settings. Owners and operators of all indoor public settings in Maine must post signs notifying entrants of the requirement to wear a cloth face coverings, and may deny service or entry for non-compliance.
For more details, please consult this face coverings FAQ.
- What are Maine’s policies for international travelers coming to Maine?
In line with U.S. CDC guidelines, all people who arrive in Maine within 7 days of entering the U.S. must quarantine for 7 days from arrival in the U.S. AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after arrival in the U.S. Even if the COVID-19 test is negative, individuals must complete the 7-day quarantine after travel. If the test is positive, individuals must isolate. Individuals arriving from international travel who do not get a COVID-19 test should quarantine for 10 days after arrival in the U.S. Individuals who arrive in Maine more than 7 days after arrival in the U.S. should follow guidelines for domestic travelers arriving in Maine from non-exempt states.
- What happens if a person does not follow the test or quarantine policy?
The requirement for travelers in certain circumstances to quarantine or receive a negative test result for COVID-19 is in Executive Order 57 FY 19/20 (PDF). Pursuant to 37-B M.R.S. §786(1), an individual who fails to comply with an order by law enforcement to comply with an Executive Order may be charged with a Class E crime that includes punishment of up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and the payment of civil damages to the State for its costs associated with testing, investigating, contact tracing, and otherwise determining the extent of COVID-19 transmission.
- Can visitors get vaccinated in Maine?
Not at this time. For information on who can get vaccinated in Maine, visit Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine site.
- What is considered “fully vaccinated”?
You are considered fully vaccinated after at least 14 days following the completion of your COVID-19 vaccination series. For individuals who receive the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, this starts after the second dose. For individuals receiving the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, this starts after the single dose.
- Does every member of my household need to be tested before coming to Maine?
Yes, with one exception. Testing for children under the age of 18 years is not required when travelling from a non-exempt state to Maine with adults who receive a recent negative COVID-19 test. This is because it is unlikely that children in households traveling for tourism are positive for COVID-19 if the adults are not.
Children who are Maine residents traveling to non-exempt states or children who live in non-exempt states traveling to Maine for other circumstances, such as those travelling to and from a non-exempt state for medical or behavioral health visits, educational purposes, or custody or visitation with parents, must follow the test or quarantine requirement unless they have had COVID-19 or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Testing is not recommended for children under the age of 12 months.
- How many days prior to my visit to Maine should I get a COVID-19 test?
A non-exempt individual arriving in Maine should have a sample taken for a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Maine. If awaiting the test results upon arrival in Maine, the individual must quarantine until a result is available. The result must indicate the individual is COVID-19 negative. Alternatively, the individual may commit to quarantining upon arrival in Maine for 10 days.
- What types of COVID-19 tests may work?
As described in the department's standing order, molecular (i.e. PCR-based) and antigen tests are accepted. Please consult Maine CDC's updated guide on interpreting test results, which is available here (PDF).
- Will Maine accept an "antibody" test under this policy?
No. Maine accepts negative molecular and antigen-based test results to qualify for an exception to the 10-day quarantine rule and does not accept antibody testing for this purpose at this time.
- Can I quarantine at my hotel, campground, or at my rental during my visit to Maine instead of getting a test?
Yes. You may choose to quarantine at your rental or place of lodging if you follow Maine CDC’s guidelines for quarantine. For rural camps and remote rental locations with private kitchen and bathroom facilities, quarantine may be possible for the duration of a visit to Maine. Visitors who are quarantining during their stay in Maine must comply with Maine’s quarantine requirements (PDF) and they may not visit Maine restaurants, businesses, and crowded public spaces and they may not use shared facilities and dining rooms.
- If I can’t schedule a COVID-19 test prior to my travel to Maine, can I get tested in Maine?
Maine strongly urges testing before you enter Maine so that you “know before you go.” However, testing capacity in Maine is available and expanding and reservations can be made before arrival. COVID-19 tests are available in Maine without referral from a medical professional under a standing order issued by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Accessible testing sites in Maine can be found on the Keep Maine Healthy website. Websites like Get Tested COVID-19 show local testing options nationwide. But visitors are strongly urged to get tested before they travel.
- What if I am awaiting test results after arriving in Maine?
If you were tested for COVID-19 upon your arrival in Maine and do not yet have test results, you must quarantine in your room or rental until you receive a negative test result. You must arrange for meals to be delivered to your room and you must avoid contact with staff, guests, and others until your negative test result is received. Use of shared public spaces, dining spaces, gyms and pools is prohibited during quarantine.
- Should seasonal Maine residents, workers, or other visitors get a COVID-19 test prior to arrival?
The State encourages those individuals who are not otherwise exempted from Maine’s policy to “know before you go”, which means to receive a test result before traveling to Maine. If they are tested before they travel, they should stay at home between the time of their test and their arrival in Maine and, if tested upon arrival in Maine, they should quarantine until a negative result is received. Individuals driving through or to states not exempt from Maine’s policy must stay in their cars and not interact with individuals to avoid the requirement to quarantine or get a test.
- Will I have my symptoms checked daily in Maine?
Through Maine’s public health system, or through visits to Maine sites, businesses and establishments, you may be asked about whether you have any COVID-like symptoms.
- What if I travel to multiple locations and lodging establishments during my visit to Maine?
Once a person is in Maine and has either quarantined for 10 days or received a negative test result, the person does not need to repeat the test when, for example, checking into a second or third Maine lodging establishment. The visitor may show documentation from their earlier stay.
- Can I quarantine for a shorter period of time if my stay is shorter than 10 days?
Yes, you can come to Maine and quarantine for the length of your stay if it is less than 10 days.