Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.

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Where can you travel within the US right now? Find out how state-by-state COVID-19 travel restrictions, bans, and quarantines may affect your travel plans.


Aerial view of San Francisco, United States Photo © Photo by Edgar Chaparro on Unsplash

COVID-19: US travel restrictions for international travelers – updated October 19, 2020

The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have visited China, Iran, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Brazil in the last 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the above countries in the past 14 days may still enter the United States. Beginning September 14, those travelers no longer need to arrive at one of 15 designated airports. The US-Canada and US-Mexico land borders are also closed to non-essential travel until at least November 21. 

The European Union began opening its borders to non-essential travel on July 1, but US visitors will not be allowed into most countries.

More information is available at the US State Department website.

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COVID-19: US travel restrictions by state – updated October 2, 2020

There are no federal restrictions on travel between US states. However, most states have implemented some level of stay-at-home regulations, and several have prohibited visitors from other parts of the country. See the list below for restrictions by state and links to government websites.

Many states, and portions of most states, have mandatory face-covering requirements in public areas. (Visit the National Governors Association Website for updates.)

Due to recent spikes in some areas of the country, particular the South and West, many states have rolled back or suspended their reopening efforts, and some have added to or reinstated orders prohibiting out-of-state visitors. Further restrictions may be announced.

These revisions are happening rapidly and subject to change. We will attempt to update this list as much as possible, but please check official state websites for the latest on COVID-19 case numbers, reopening plans, and travel restrictions.

Bear in mind that just because a state has reopened does not mean there are no risks associated with visiting. Always comply with local measures, wear appropriate face coverings, and practice social distancing.


Face coverings are required statewide in indor public spaces, on public transportation, and in outdoor gatherings of 10 or more.

Newsroom - Office of the Governor


As of August 11, all travelers must complete a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan in the Alaska Travel Portal. Nonresident travelers must arrive with proof of a negative test or pay for a test on arrival. Learn more here.

Alaska Department of Health and Human Services

COVID-19 Traveler Information

Alaska Reopening Plan


Due to a spike in cases, Governor Ducey has introduced new requirments for the opening of bars, gyms, indoor movie theaters, and water parks. Residents are advised to wear face coverings in public - masks are mandated in some towns and regions.

Arizona Department of Health Services


Effective June 15, 2020, there is now no quarantine requirement for travelers entering Arkansas based on the location they traveled from. This includes both domestic and international travel. Everyone aged 10 or older must wear a mask indoors and outdoors if social distancing can't be manitained.

Arkansas Travel Advisory


Depending on case levels within each county, businesses in some counties are now allowed to open with limited capacities. As of June 18, all people in California must wear a face covering when outside their home.

California Department of Public Health


Face masks must be worn in indoor public spaces, on public transit, or while using ride-sharing services.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Colorado Tourism Board – Colorado Travel and COVID-19


As of June 24, anyone arriving from states with high coronavirus rates and staying more than 24 hours is required to quarantine for 14 days. The list is updated every Tuesday and can be found here.

Official State Website

Reopen Connecticut


Face coverings must be worn public settings, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and on public transportation.

Delaware’s Response to COVID-19


Face masks are recommended in most counties and required in some counties.

Florida COVID-19 Response

VisitFlorida - Current Travel Safety Information


All Georgia residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their home or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors.

Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Emergency Management 


All arrivals must quarantine for 14 days. This applies to both visitors and residents. Starting Oct 15, out-of-state visitors can avoid the 14-day quarantine if they get pre-tested for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours in advance of travel and present negative results when they arrive at the airport in Hawaii.

State Department of Public Health – Current Situation

Hawaii Travel Information


Travelers to Boise and other cities in Ada County from outside Idaho are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Official Government Website: Stages of Reopening


Face coverings are mandatory in public spaces and in situations where people are unable to maintain social distancing.

As of July 6, travelers to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. A list of states currently covered by the Emergency Travel Order can be found here.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Restore Illinois plan


Face masks must be worn in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing can't be maintained, and while using public transit, taxis, or ride-sharing servieces.

Indiana COVID-19 Data Report

Indiana Reopening Plan


Official Iowa Government Website


Arrivals who have traveled to/attended an out-of-state event with more than 500 people where indivduals did not wear masks or socially distance must self-quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine mandate also applies to those who have traveled to Aruba on or after Sept 24.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kansas Response and Recovery


All state residents must wear a mask in indoor public spaces, on public transit, and outdoors where social distancing is not possible. Travelers coming from states with a 15% or higher infection rate are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Official state resource for information concerning COVID-19


Louisiana Department of Public Health


Visitors must self-quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their visit. Visitors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Vermont are exempt from these requirements.

Everyone in Maine who enters a public place where physical distancing is difficult to maintain is required to wear a cloth face mask or covering.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services


Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher. Residents traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results. Out-of-state visitors are encouraged to be tested within 72 hours prior to arrival and cancel travel plans if they receive a positive result.

Everyone must wear a face covering inside any retail establishment or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland.

Maryland Department of Health


All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

As of May 6, all people in Massachusetts who cannot safely practice physical distancing in public must wear a mask or face covering.

Official Massachusetts Government Website

Travel information related to COVID-19

Reopening Massachusetts


Face masks must be worn in public spaces when in close quarters with others.

Official Michigan Government Website

The Pure Michigan Pledge

Michigan Safe Start Plan


Minnesota Department of Health – Situation Update

Stay Safe reopening plan


Mississippi Department of Health


Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


Some tribal lands may be closed to visitors, and services or access at national parks may vary. Check here for updates.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services


People arriving in Nebraska from international travel should self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days, or for the duration of their stay if it is shorter.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Reopening Phases


As of June 24, face coverings are mandatory in all public spaces.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19 are strongly discouraged from coming to Nevada.

Nevada Health Response

New Hampshire

Those not from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island for an extended period of time are asked to quarantine for 14 days.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

COVID guidance: Out-of-state visitors

New Jersey

As of June 24, anyone arriving from states with high coronavirus rates and staying more than 24 hours is required to quarantine for 14 days. The list of states on the travel advisory is updated regularly and can be found here.

As of July 8, face coverings are mandatory in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

New Jersey Department of Health

Reopening Plans

New Mexico

Effective September 4, any individual traveling to New Mexico from states deemed high-risk based on COVID-positivity rates will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their stay in the state, whichever is shorter. Individuals who can show documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours before or after entry into New Mexico are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement, regardless of the state from which they have traveled.

As of May 15, everyone in the state is required to wear a face covering in public. Restrictions on indoor dining were reinstated on July 13.

New Mexico Department of Health

Traveler Information

New York

As of June 24, anyone arriving from states with high coronavirus rates and staying more than 24 hours is required to quarantine for 14 days. The list of affected states is updated regularly and can be found here.

All people in New York State are required to wear a face covering in public when they cannot maintain social distancing.

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Travel Advisory

New York State on PAUSE

North Carolina

While there are no statewide restrictions, travelers are encouraged to check with local tourism organizations about possible restrictions or closures. As of June 24, face coverings must be worn when people are in public places.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina COVID-19 Travel Resources

North Dakota

Anyone traveling from another country, who is not merely passing through the state, must quarantine immediately upon entry to North Dakota for a period of 14 days or for the duration of the person's presence in North Dakota, whichever period is shorter. There are no restrictions for domestic travelers.

North Dakota Department of Health

North Dakota Smart Restart Roadmap


People traveling into the state from-high risk areas (states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher) are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states is updated regularly and can be found here.

Ohio Department of Health

Stay Safe Ohio

COVID-19 Travel Advisory


People who enter Oklahoma from an area with substantial community spread of the coronavirus should wear face coverings in public spaces and limit participation in indoor gatherings for 10-14 days.

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) Plan


As of July 13, facemasks are required in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. Indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people or fewer.

Oregon Health Authority

Reopening Oregon


Travelers from an area with a Covid-19 surge are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Pennsylvania. A list of affected states can be found here.

As of July 1, people in Pennsylvania are required to wear face masks when outside their homes.

Pennsylvania Department of Heath

Pennsylvania Reopening Plan

Rhode Island

Anyone returning to the state from international travel must self-quarantine for 14 days. If you are coming to Rhode Island from a state with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Rhode Island. As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. The list of affected states can be found here.

Everyone in an indoor or outdoor public place in Rhode Island is required to wear a face mask.

Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Reopening Plan

South Carolina

People entering South Carolina should stay at home/isolate as much as possible and monitor their health for the 14 days following their arrival.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Dakota

Travel South Dakota – COVID-19


Tennessee Department of Health


Travelers and residents in Texas are encouraged to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Restrictions and health protocols are in place at many restaurants, national parks, and historic sites. Find out more here.

Texas Department of Health and Human Services

Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas


People returning to Utah from international travel should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Utah Department of Health

State and local orders and directives

Visit Utah


Out-of-state visitors are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Vermont. There are some exceptions for visitors coming from certain parts of the country, and/or depending on whether they arrived by private or public transit. Get more information here.

Masks or face coverings are required in public spaces.

Traveling Vermont

Vermont Department of Health


Though there are no formal travel restrictions restrictions on US travelers who can enter Virginia, all returning travelers should stay home as much as possible for 14 days after travel.

As of May 31, anyone in an indoor public space is required to wear a mask or face covering.

Virginia Department of Health


Effective June 26, the wearing of face masks is mandatory in public settings. Effective July 7, businesses must require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers or visitors.

Washington State Department of Health

Safe Start Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C.

Anyone entering D.C. from "high risk" states must self-quarantine for 14 days. This list of states will be updated every two weeks and can be found here.

Non-essential travel outside of the DC area is discouraged.


West Virginia

As of July 6, face coverings are mandatory when entering buildings that are not the person's own home, and where they cannot maintain proper social distancing.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

West Virginia Strong: The Comeback


Within Wisconsin, it is not recommended that people travel to other private or rental homes within the state. Travelers returning from other US states should check themselves for symptoms and limit exposure to others for 14 days. International travelers returning to the US should stay home for 14 days after arrival.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

COVID-19: Wisconsin Travel

Badger Bounce Back – Roadmap to Reopen


Wyoming Department of Health

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

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Hurricane Delta approaches US Gulf Coast - October 6, 2020

Currently a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Delta is forecast to make landfall on the central Gulf Coast as a Category 3 hurricane or greater. Landfall is expected late Friday or early Saturday, and will likely be centered in Louisiana, but people from east Texas to Florida should begin preparing. Impacts such as flooding and storm surge may start a day or two ahead of the storm, and are likely to be major.

Be sure to check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

If you're in an area where a storm is projected to hit, please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. 

Here are helpful tips on hurricane safety.

Wildfires - Western US - Sept-Oct, 2020

Wildfires are raging in several western states, with the most severe currently happening in California, Oregon, and Washington. Avoid travel to affected areas, and be on the lookout for road closures. Drivers should be sure to carry ample fuel as well as food and water. One of the biggest dangers from the fires is air quality - stay indoors when air quality is poor, even if you don't smell smoke. Ash in the air can also be hazardous.

Protests and potential riots - June-Oct, 2020

Protests against racism and police brutality have been held in cities across the country over the past several months. Some protests have turned violent. Tear gas and non-lethal (but still very dangerous) projectiles have been used against protestors, and there have been sometimes deadly clashes between protestors and anti-protestors. Travelers are advised to use caution if near or attending a protest, and to be ready to leave quickly should violence erupt. Travelers should also keep in mind that coronavirus (COVID-19) is a risk when large numbers of people are gathered, and to take appropriate precautions.

Get tips on staying safe during civil unrest.

Hurricane Sally approaches Gulf Coast - September 14, 2020

Hurricane Sally is currently headed towards the coastline of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and is expected to make landfall tonight or tomorrow morning, possibly as a Category 2 storm. Life-threatening flooding and storm surge are predicted.

Hurricane Paulette is currently impacting Bermuda and may move towards the southeastern United States in upcoming days. Tropical Storm Teddy has also formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it moves west.

Be sure to check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

If you're in an area where a storm is projected to hit, please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. 

Here are helpful tips on hurricane safety.

Hurricane Douglas approaches Hawaii, Hurricane Hanna approaches Texas - July 25, 2020

Hurricane Douglas is currently approaching the Hawaiian Islands. Hurricane Watches are in effect for the Big Island, Maui County, and Oahu. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Kauai County. The storm is forecaset to pass about 30 miles north of Maui with sustained winds of 90mph.

Hurricane Hanna is on course to strike the Texas coast south of Corpus Christi. The storm is expected to make landfall this afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane. Life-threatening storm surge is possible. 

Wildfires in California: a statewide emergency declared – October 2019

Strong winds have spread wildfires in Northern and Southern California, destroying homes and land, and forcing 185,000 people to evacuate.

There are blackouts in Northern California due to Pacific Gas & Electric Co shutting off power to two million people to avoid further fires being caused by fallen electric power lines.

Strong winds are expected to last until Wednesday, so it's important you listen to the advice of firefighters and stay up to date with local news reports.

We suggest you check your government’s travel advisory for their latest advice on travel to the USA, and if you're planning on traveling there soon, contact your tour operator or provider for more information on any changes or updates to your travel plans.

Hurricane Dorian threatens southeastern coast – September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 2 storm heading towards the US mainland, where it is projected to move close to the coast of Florida tonight through Wednesday, and then along Georgia and the Carolinas. Life-threatening storm surge and flooding is possible, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered for dozens of coastal communities. Be sure to check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

If you're in an area where the storm is projected to hit, please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation.

How to survive a hurricane

The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave, make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.

If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.

Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."

  • Fill the gas tank of your car.
  • Check batteries in flashlights and radios.
  • Have extra batteries on hand.
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Close shutters or board up the windows.
  • Have extra supplies with you such as non-perishable food, clean drinking water, a half-gallon of water per person/per day (enough for a couple of days), and prescription drugs.

During the storm

  • Never go out during the storm. The winds can send flying debris into you causing injury and even death.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Keep on the alert for additional storm warnings. Hurricanes are known to spawn tornadoes so be prepared to take cover if one should strike.
  • While the storm is in progress avoid using electrical appliances.
  • Stay off the telephone.
  • All pets should be secured in carriers. The storm will be a frightening experience for them as well, and they could injure themselves or you if they panic.
  • Do not light candles or lanterns; they could get blown over causing a fire.
  • The eye of the storm passing over could make you think the storm is over when the worst is still yet to come. Only use this calm in an extreme emergency to make critical repairs.
  • Only after an official "all clear" has been issued is it safe to come out.

After the storm

  • Beware of downed power lines and gas leaks
  • Stay away from heavily damaged areas
  • Listen to your radio for instructions.

Hurricane warnings and categories

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when wind speeds reach 74 mph or greater - Category 1.

  • Category 2 wind speeds are 96 mph to 110 mph
  • Category 3 - 111 mph to 129 mph
  • Category 4 - 130 mph to 156 mph
  • Category 5 - greater than 157 mph (note, there are no further categories)

A "watch" is issued when hurricane-force winds are possible in the named region (so maybe a hurricane is coming).

A "warning" is issued when hurricane-force winds are expected in the named region (so a hurricane is definitely coming).

Wildfires in southeastern Alaska - August 30, 2019

Several wildfires are currently burning in Southeast Alaska and impacting popular tourist areas, including the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley. At the time of writing, the McKinley Fire in the Mat-Su Valley was at 78% containment, and the Caribou Lake Fire near Homer was at 57% containment. The Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula has been slowly increasing, but has remained at around 20% containment.

For the latest information, check with Alaska Wildland Fire Information. 

On Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service closed portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, including all lands in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, as well as parts of the Chugach National Forest.

Travelers should expect delays on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and the junction with the Seward Highway to continue through the weekend. Swan Lake Fire suppression activities and dense smoke have restricted travel on this route recently. Drivers should be sure to carry ample fuel as well as food and water. Do not stop along the highway within the fire area.

One of the biggest dangers from the fire is air quality. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Friday afternoon for the Susitna Valley, Kenai Peninsula and Copper River Valley.

If you’re planning a trip to Alaska in upcoming weeks, be sure to check with your tour operator, airline, and hotel about potential changes or cancellations.

Tropical Storm Barry forming off the Louisiana Coast - July 11, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry is moving across the Gulf of Mexico towards Louisiana and is expected to make landfall Friday or Saturday, possibly as a Category 1 hurricane. A state of emergency has been issued in Louisiana. Heavy rainfall and flooding is expected for much of eastern Louisiana, southern and central Mississipi, and southeast Arkansas.

Please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation.

6.4 magnitude earthquake in California - July 2019

The USGS (US Geological Survey) has reported a 6.4 magnitude earthquake near the high desert city of Ridgecrest, California. Nearby San Bernardino County was also affected, and the earthquake was felt in Las Vegas, Nevada. The earthquake was shallow in depth (5.4 mi, 8.7km) which amplifies its effect to cause damage to infrastructure and services.

At least 20 aftershocks have been felt since the initial earthquake.

Many damaged buildings and roads have been reported, along with fires and rock slides in affected areas. A four-inch crack has formed in major highway 178 in San Bernardino County. 

Travelers are strongly advised to follow all directions by local authorities for their own safety.

Measles outbreak in New York City - July 2019

The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has declared a public health emergency in New York City following reports of over 800 measles cases, mainly in Brooklyn and Queens. 21 of those cases have been admitted to hospital, with 5 in intensive care. The mayor has indicated that people must be vaccinated or risk being fined US$1000. The health department has opened clinics to offer measles vaccinations in order to stem the disease from spreading.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, runny nose, dry cough, fatigue, a red blotchy rash which starts on the face and spreads and conjunctivitis.

Travelers who are planning to visit New York City are strongly advised to make sure their routine vaccinations (including measles) are up to date before arriving.

Flooding in the Midwest - March 2019

Following the bomb cyclone which hit the United States in mid March, the Midwest states are experiencing significant flooding due to the winter snow thaw and impact from the cyclone. Roads and highways are jammed due to ice movement and many are also closed due to flooding. Governments in the states of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa have declared a state of emergency and flood warnings have been issued due to the increase in water, levees breaking and river levels rising. Thousands of people have been evacuated.

Tijuana and San Diego border closure - November 2018

US authorities have closed the major border control point of San Ysidro between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, United States, turning away all vehicles and pedestrians. Thousands of migrants and refugees have been making their way from Central America towards the US to seek asylum from poverty, political persecution and violence only to be met with tear gas launched by US authorities.

San Ysidro is one of the busiest border crossings with nearly 100,000 people and vehicles heading north each day from Mexico.

Further demonstrations are also planned for both sides of the border in days to come. 

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