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, some of which have been updated now that people are getting vaccinated.

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 a dozen states.

6/21 update: Nevada, Wyoming added; Texas 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 »


Massachusetts has lifted its travel advisory, saying that people who are fully vaccinated can resume activities without social distancing or wearing a mask, except in certain situations like on public and private transportation and at schools and health care facilities.

In terms of travel, the state is now deferring to the CDC’s guidance, which says people should delay all travel until they’re fully vaccinated.

Those who are fully vaccinated, meaning they’re at least two weeks removed from their final shot, can safely travel both domestically and internationally, according to the CDC.

People who are not fully vaccinated are advised to get tested 1–3 days before traveling and 3–5 days after traveling, wear a mask, avoid crowds, and self-quarantine for a full week after getting back home.

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


On May 19, Gov. Ned Lamont lifted his executive order regarding travel. While fully vaccinated people can travel domestically, they must still wear a mask on public transportation.

The state released the following guidelines for people who are not fully vaccinated:

Before Travel

  • Plan ahead and check if your airline or destination requires testing, health information, or other documentation.
  • Some destinations require a viral test 1-3 days prior to travel. Visit the Connecticut Testing Locator or call 211 to locate a testing site.
  • Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them.
  • Anyone who develops signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to travel should stay home and get tested.

After Travel

  • Review CDC guidance for post-travel quarantine and testing
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Continue to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.
  • Remember to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine. If at any time during your quarantine you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate (including away from other members of your travel party), contact a healthcare provider, and seek testing.

All international air travelers must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight to the U.S.

Learn More: Connecticut Travel Advisory »

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