COVID-19: Travel

COVID-19 is still spreading across our Maine communities. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Maine CDC recommends that Mainers cancel or postpone all travel.

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Mandates for Anyone Entering Maine

Quarantine

It is mandated that all out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, as well as Maine residents returning to Maine, complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. This means:

  • You need to arrive with enough food for 14 days or arrange to have food delivered to you. You cannot go out to grocery stores.
  • Stay at home. You cannot go out to public places.
  • Avoid contact with others, especially those who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

Negative Antigen or PCR Test Result

The State will allow adults who have a negative COVID-19 Antigen or PCR test collected no more than 72 hours before arriving in Maine to forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. An antibody test is not accepted to forgo quarantine for visitors and those returning to Maine. Maine is strongly urging visitors to “Know Before You Go,” meaning they should get tested and receive their test results in their home state before traveling to Maine, which will allow them to take appropriate action depending on the result. If you do not have the test result by the time you arrive, you must quarantine in your lodging until you receive the result. Individuals may be tested upon arrival in Maine as well, but they must quarantine while awaiting the results.

Additionally, the State will exempt residents from the following states from the testing and 14-day quarantine requriement altogether because, when adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar.

Exempt effective June 12, 2020:

  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

Exempt effective July 3, 2020:

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Exempt effective September 23, 2020:

  • Massachusetts

Maine residents can also travel to these states and return without testing or 14-day quarantine. People who are not residents of these states and are visiting Maine 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.

If You Decide to Travel Out of State

Review State and Local Restrictions

For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check with your local or state health department regarding travel guidance and issues that may arise upon you return.  If traveling out-of-state, you may be required to immediately go into a 14-day quarantine upon your return. Also check the state or local health department along your route, and at your planned destination for restrictions. While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures. Plan to keep checking for updates as you travel.

Anticipate Travel Needs

  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within reach.
  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places.
  • Prepare food and water for your trip. Pack non-perishable food in case restaurants and stores are closed.
  • Call the hotel, restaurant, or rest area to make sure they are open, as many may have reduced hours. Do not rely on a website’s information

Read a full list of frequently asked questions (PDF).

Travel Advisories

Travel Advisories
Updated May 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Level 3: Avoid all nonessential travel. Most foreign nationals who have been in one of these countries during the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the United States. Brazil, China, Iran, Most European Countries, United Kingdom and Ireland
Level 3: Avoid all nonessential travel. Global
U.S. CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
U.S. State Department: Travel Advisories