COVID-19: Travel

COVID-19 is spreading across our Maine communities. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

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Domestic Travel

As of May 1, 2021, Maine moved to an "all states exempt unless specified" model. This means that travelers coming to or returning to Maine are not required to quarantine or show proof of a negative test unless coming from a non-exempt state.

Non-Exempt States:

As of May 1, 2021 all states are exempt. This is subject to change.

International Travel

Quarantine and Testing

For people who are fully vaccinated (at least 14 days past their final COVID-19 dose) who arrive in Maine:

  • Quarantine is not required unless you are experiencing symptoms.
  • Testing is recommended 3-5 days after arrival in the US.
    • If the COVID-19 test is positive, isolate.

For all people who are not fully vaccinated and arrive in Maine within 7 days of entering the United States:

  • Quarantine for 7 days from arrival in the US AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after arrival in the US.
    • If the COVID-19 test is positive, isolate.
    • Even if the COVID-19 test is negative, complete the 7-day quarantine after travel.
    • If individuals arriving from international travel do not get a COVID-19 test after their arrival, they should quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in the US.
  • Avoid being around anyone who is at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness for 14 days following arrival in the US, regardless of COVID-19 test results.

For anyone who arrives in Maine more than 7 days after arrival in the US, follow the domestic travel guidelines above. Find travel guidance for all passengers coming to the United States, including US citizens, from US CDC.

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 10-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 for Healthcare Workers

For domestic and international travel restrictions for healthcare workers, please see Maine CDC's decision tree.

Travel Advisories

For information on COVID-19 travel advisories please visit:

  • U.S. CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
  • U.S. State Department: Travel Advisories