By Megan Marples and Forrest Brown | CNN
Editor’s note: This story was updated in its entirety on April 2 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans. Top photo: Ranch to Market Road 505 in West Texas / Lisa Roe
Total cases of Covid-19 have reached past the 30.6 million mark in the United States. Though some states continue to enforce travel restrictions and quarantines, in general more states have been moving toward looser restrictions or none at all in recent weeks. The situation remain in flux, though.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still warns against nonessential travel at this time. If you do decide to travel to another state, it is vital that you stay updated on the latest statewide regulations, including the latest guidelines regarding fully vaccinated travelers.
On April 2, the CDC released new guidance for domestic travelers who have been fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine, and they don’t need to test negative before or after their travels unless the destination requires it.
Even if some US states have no restrictions on allowing leisure travel, all their official websites have important Covid-19 safety information. For instance, some states still have mandates on face masks in public settings.
This list is alphabetical and includes links to state websites that have important details you should read before you cross state lines:
As of April 2, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, visitors should be aware of the state’s mask mandate, as it applies to travelers, too. It’s effective through April 9 (though it’s been extended numerous times). You can check here for updates.
Visitors to Alaska are no longer required to have a negative result from a Covid-19 test to enter, though voluntary testing within 72 hours of arrival is still highly recommended. You’re requested to upload results to the Alaska Safe Travels portal. Airport testing remains available. You can read this PDF file from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on testing recommendations and procedures. More information: State of Alaska.
As of April 2, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona. Check here for updates. Here’s a direct link for information on Native American lands in the state. And you can click here to see the status of specific tourist sites.
As of April 2, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Arkansas. Check here for updates.
UPDATE: California has lifted its stay-at-home order but discourages out-of-state visitors. People are encouraged to quarantine for seven to 10 days upon entering the state. Would-be visitors are advised by the state to call ahead for possible local restrictions, and you can click here to …read more
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