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 has launched the Keep Maine Healthy plan, designed to be 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.
The plan relies on three cornerstones: 1) testing for the virus that encourages all visitors to “know before you go”; 2) screening for symptoms among travelers; and 3) engaging Maine communities to promote COVID-19-prevention best practices and public health education.
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 increased sanitation to physical distancing procedures.
FAQ For Visitors
- What are Maine’s policies for visitors traveling from out-of-state?
Maine has three options for visitors from other states: 1) getting a recent negative COVID-19 test; 2) maintaining compliance with a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine; 3) being exempted if you are from the following states with a similar or better COVID-19 experience than Maine. Those states are: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey (effective July 3) and New Hampshire and Vermont (effective June 26).
People who are not residents of Maine or states exempted from quarantine requirements will be asked to sign a Certificate of Compliance indicating either that they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine. This compliance form must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, campgrounds, seasonal rentals, overnight camps, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result upon request.
Maine residents who visit an exempted state are not required to quarantine upon returning to Maine. However, if they visit elsewhere, the requirement that they quarantine for 14 days or get a negative test as an alternative remains in place.
Seasonal homeowners, workers traveling to Maine, and other visitors may also utilize a recent negative COVID-19 test as an alternative to the required 14day quarantine in Maine effective immediately.
Essential workers continue to be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements if they are traveling to Maine to perform essential work, or are from Maine and are traveling out-of-state for work and returning home.
- Why is Maine exempting residents from other states?
Maine is exempting residents of other states from the testing and 14-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. Maine considers a number of quantitative measures in making this determination, which is designed to protect public health.
- Does every member of my household need to be tested before coming to Maine?
To meet Maine’s testing requirements, adults must receive a recent, within 72 hours prior to arrival, negative COVID-19 test, compliant with Maine’s CDC guidelines. Testing for children,18 years and younger, who are travelling with adults is not required.
- What types of COVID-19 tests may work?
Please consult Maine CDC's guide on interpreting test results, which are available on its website (PDF).
- How many days prior to my visit to Maine should I get a COVID-19 test?
Visitors should have a sample taken for a COVID-19 "PCR" test no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Maine. The result must indicate the visitor is COVID-19 negative. Alternatively, the visitor may commit to quarantining upon arrival in Maine for 14 days.
- Will Maine accept an “antibody” test as a COVID compliant test?
Maine only accepts PCR-based tests to qualify as an exception to the 14-day quarantine rule, and does not accept antibody testing for this purpose at this time. A rapid ID NOW test may be used for the purpose of an alternative to quarantine.
- 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’s CDC 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 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 leave home or enter Maine so that you “know before you go.” Capacity 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. 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, but you must arrange for meals to be delivered to your room and you must avoid contact with staff and guests after check-out until your negative test result is received. Use of shared public spaces, dining spaces, gyms and pools is prohibited during quarantine.
- How will I show evidence of a negative test or quarantine prior to my arrival at a lodging establishment or rental?
Effective June 26, Maine is utilizing a “Certificate of Compliance” and requiring all adult visitors 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 either has had a negative test for COVID-19 consistent with CDC guidance 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 visitors “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 state in Maine. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result.
- Should seasonal Maine residents, workers, or other visitors get a COVID-19 test prior to arrival?
The State encourages those individuals 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.
- 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 systems.
- 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 14 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 14 days?
Yes, you can come to Maine and quarantine for the length of your stay if it is less than 14 days.
FAQ For Lodging Establishments And Rentals
- What is required for a Maine lodging establishment before checking in a short-term renter to ensure they have met the quarantine or testing requirement?
People who are not residents of Maine or an exempted state must complete a Certificate of Compliance form stating that they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, have already quarantined in Maine, or will quarantine in Maine for 14 days. This form must be provided and filled out either prior to or at the time of check-in. The visitor will also submit that they are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Lodging establishments, campgrounds, rentals, and other short-term rentals must inform guests of Maine’s quarantine or testing requirement and are encouraged to send copies of the Certificate of Compliance to guests prior to arrival. There must be printed copies for guests to fill out upon arrival, if they haven’t provided one in advance.
Lodging establishments will retain a copy of all Certificates of Compliance for 30 days. They can also document the date of the first night of entry in Maine for the guest, and any other guests in the party, in case they are traveling elsewhere for an additional stay and need to show verification of the first night of stay in Maine.
- How am I required to communicate Maine’s quarantine and testing requirements to guests prior to arrival?
Lodging establishments or rental managers are required, at the time of reservation or prior to the guests stay, to inform visitors of Maine’s requirements for quarantine or testing and to provide the Certificate of Compliance in advance by phone or electronically, if email or online confirmation is possible, or via the mail if time allows. Reminders and links to Maine’s CDC resources, testing locations, and visitor information, such as this FAQ are encouraged.
- Does my staff need to check symptoms daily for all our guests and staff?
Maine’s COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for Lodging requires symptom checks for all staff daily for compliance. The US CDC has also released guidance for lodging and restaurant businesses which may be helpful in answering additional questions about employee and guest safety. The lodging establishment is not required to do daily symptom checks of all guests, but it may choose to require or request symptom checks for entrance into pools, gyms, bars or other public spaces on the premises.
- What is Maine doing to spread the word about this program and support safe visits to Maine in 2020?
The “Keep Maine Healthy” plan and program components are designed to promote Maine as one of the healthiest and safest places in the country for visitors. By protecting the health of Maine people and visitors, and promoting public health measures to protect visitors, Maine’s reputation for quality and safety will be maintained, and guests may visit Maine and enjoy what the state has to offer this summer and fall. Surveys show that visitors want to visit destinations they view as COVID-safe and they want to enjoy the outdoors, for which Maine’s opportunities are unparalleled.
- How is Maine supporting public health measures, such as facial coverings and symptom checks for essential and returning workers?
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has released a public health campaign called “Keep it Maine” promoting shared benefits of public health measures such as social distancing, facial coverings, and symptom checks as a way to protect neighbors and make Maine safe for residents, businesses, and visitors. The Restarting Maine program and business checklists encourage public health measures to support safe operations and protections for workers and customers.
Maine has also introduced a new program to encourage Maine’s municipalities and partner organizations to support education, physical distancing programs (like closing down streets for outdoor dining or increased walkability), personal protective equipment purchases, and education for visitors and residents. In addition, Maine has increased testing so that any Maine person at an elevated risk of getting COVID-19 can get tested, encouraging voluntary testing for Maine’s people.