Travel restrictions to the United States in October – Masks, quarantine, Covid-19 tests

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While there are still many travel bans around the world, there are optimistic signs for anyone planning a trip in October, whether nationally across the United States or internationally to the United States:

For anyone considering travel, especially anyone who has not been to the United States since the Trump administration implemented the travel ban in March 2020, over 500 days ago, there is several mask and quarantine restrictions in place in some states and in specific situations – these are outlined below.

Hide mandates across the United States

There are very few state-level mask mandates, although some do. California has mask warrants for anyone attending an indoor event of more than 1,000 people and Connecticut has mask warrants for unvaccinated people and other local restrictions in public spaces. interiors. Hawaii has capacity limits in some locations and masks are required for anyone over the age of 5 in indoor public spaces and Kansas has masks warrants in state buildings. Governor Steve Sisolak demanded that Nevada residents follow CDC mask guidelines and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham reimplemented a mask mandate in New Mexico. Many states also have mask mandates that exist locally or in specific circumstances, such as in nursing homes.

On the other end of the spectrum, governors have signed bills banning the use of masks, such as Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas and Gov. Kim Reynolds in Iowa – the latter enacted the school ban and of local governments hide mandates.

State-wide travel restrictions for the United States

Only four states have statewide travel restrictions and these are only in place for unvaccinated travelers:

Hawaii – passengers 5 years and older should be tested to avoid isolation

In order to bypass the 10-day quarantine, passengers over 5 years old must have a negative Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) – performed at an approved site – either in their hands upon arrival or downloaded into the form health online. This form will give passengers a QR code which can be given to airport controllers upon arrival. Entries fully vaccinated are exempt.

Kansas – quarantine in place for some unvaccinated travelers

Kansas has had some of the most specific travel requirements in the United States throughout the pandemic, and it still has travel restrictions in place. Since September 23, a mandatory quarantine is required for any unvaccinated person who has performed one of the following actions:

  • Traveled between August 27 and September 23 in French Polynesia or Guadeloupe.
  • Traveled on or after September 23 to Granada.
  • Participation in any gathering of 500 or more people where individuals do not socially distance themselves (6 feet) and wear a mask.
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15, 2020.

If a person falls into these categories, they can “test” a 10-day quarantine by passing a test on the 6th day of quarantine and being released on the 8th day when the negative result appears (instead of the 11th day). Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt.

Kentucky – quarantine advised for out-of-state arrivals

Kentucky has discouraged out-of-state travel. However, if necessary, travelers should get tested prior to departure, and again between days 3 and 5 of travel, and then enter a 7-day quarantine upon their return. Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt.

Oregon – quarantine for 10 or 7 days

As of September 23, Oregon has advised all out-of-state passengers to enter a 10-day or 7-day quarantine with a negative Covid-19 test result. Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from this notice.


The CDC recommends that people delay their travel until they are fully vaccinated, but for those who are, it is safe to travel to the United States (with an FDA-cleared vaccine or a vaccine cleared for one. emergency use by the World Health Organization). People who travel on planes, trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation in the United States are required to wear masks. For those unvaccinated, a viral test is recommended by the CDC before and after travel, along with a seven-day quarantine.

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