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

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During the height of the pandemic, each state put travel advisories in place which typically involved travelers having to quarantine and/or get tested for the coronavirus upon arriving from another state or country, especially those with high positivity rates.

As more people got vaccinated and case numbers declined, states amended or lifted those advisories.

Below is the latest information on the travel restrictions for Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

NOTE: These conditions are subject to change as the delta variant causes a surge in cases in some parts of the country.

Rhode Island

The state has lifted its quarantine requirements associated with travel, but recommends that visitors follow the CDC’s guidance which calls for delaying travel until fully vaccinated.

People from out of state can get vaccinated in Rhode Island, since the state removed its residency requirement.

The state also asks that visitors adhere to federal regulations for masks, such as wearing them on public transportation.

While there’s no indication at this time that the restrictions could be reinstated due to the rise in cases, the R.I. Department of Health says it’s monitoring the data closely and staying in contact with their partners at the federal level.

Massachusetts

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.

Connecticut

In May, 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.

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