Travel Restrictions: Here’s what you need to know for RI, Mass., Conn.

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Every state has different travel restrictions in place in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Here’s a breakdown of the rules and regulations currently in place for Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut:

Rhode Island

The current travel restrictions call for a mandatory 10-day quarantine for anyone coming into Rhode Island from a state with a positivity rate of 5% or higher. A running list can be found here, which is updated weekly and currently consists of 26 states.

4/12 update: Oklahoma, Texas and Washington added; Nevada removed

List: States with travel restrictions in RI »

Anyone who can show they’ve tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours is exempt. Travelers, even if asymptomatic, can sign up for a free test here.

If you get tested after entering Rhode Island, the state asks that you quarantine until you receive your results.

Here’s where to get tested for COVID-19 in RI »

Anyone from those states who checks in at a hotel or rental property needs to sign a certificate of compliance stating they have had a negative test result or intend to quarantine.

The following people are also exempt from the restrictions:

  • Public health, public safety or health care workers
  • People traveling for medical treatment
  • Traveling to attend a funeral or memorial service
  • Obtaining necessities such as groceries, gas or medication
  • Dropping off or picking up children from day care and summer camps
  • Anyone who must work on their boat

Rhode Islanders who travel to Massachusetts must quarantine for 14 days or show they’ve tested negative for the coronavirus within the previous 72 hours. However, they don’t have to quarantine if crossing the border for quick errands like grocery shopping or banking.

Learn More: Travel Information for Residents and Visitors » | Travel and Transit Guidelines »


On March 22, Massachusetts’ travel order was reduced to a travel advisory as the state entered Phase 4 of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan.

Going forward, all visitors and returning residents are required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, unless they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Anyone who is entering Massachusetts for fewer than 24 hours, or returning after being out of state for fewer than 24 hours
  • Critical infrastructure workers
  • Travelers who have tested negative for the coronavirus within the previous 72 hours. Travelers who get tested upon entering Massachusetts are instructed to quarantine until they receive a negative result
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated and not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms

Learn More: COVID-19 Travel Advisory » | CDC Travel Recommendations »


Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order which says anyone traveling to Connecticut from a foreign country or a state or territory other than Rhode Island, New York, or New Jersey is directed to self-quarantine for 10 days and fill out a travel health form upon arrival.

Download the Travel Health Form here »

Anyone who fails to follow these rules could be fined $1,000 per violation.

Essential workers in critical infrastructure sectors are exempt from the travel advisory.

Learn More: Connecticut Travel Advisory »

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