Vermonters Traveling Out of State

Vermonters Traveling Out of State

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As part of Vermont's phased reopening plan, there is new travel guidance, effective April 9, 2021.

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Testing Upon return

Unvaccinated Vermonters (including children) who have traveled outside the state must be tested within 3 days of returning to Vermont.
  • The test you get must be for a current infection (like a PCR test), except it cannot be an antigen test (also known as a rapid test).
  • Find free and fast testing near you.
  • You do not need to quarantine while you wait for a result. But if you have any symptoms, stay home and away from other people.
  • Quarantining does not exempt you from the testing requirement. You may choose to quarantine, but are still required to get a test when you return to Vermont.

Vaccinated Vermonters (14 days past their final dose) do not need to get tested.

People who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 3 months do not need to test unless they develop new symptoms.

Rules for Vermonters who have traveled to other countries are different. Learn more.

People near Vermont state border

Vermonters who live near a state border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state may make day trips to that state for work, health care, for students who commute daily to attend preK-12 school or college if commuting daily, and for other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody, without testing. See details on essential purposes.

The testing exemption only applies to the person under essential travel rules. It does not apply to anyone else who travels with you, for non-essential reasons.

If you live within 5 miles of the Vermont border, you may make day trips without getting tested only if you travel 5 miles into a neighboring state or into Vermont. Find out more about travel to and from border towns.

Essential travel

People traveling for essential purposes do not need to get tested. However, if you travel the Health Department recommends that you get tested regularly.

Essential travel includes travel for personal safety, health care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medicine, for students to attend preK-12 school or college commuting daily, or a school-sponsored activity, or for work.

The testing exemption only applies to the person under essential travel rules. It does not apply to anyone else who travels with you, for non-essential reasons.

Sign up for daily symptom check reminders
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Sign up for free symptom check reminders!

Sara Alert is a free, automated and secure reminder system to check for common symptoms of COVID-19. People visiting or returning to Vermont are strongly encouraged to sign up to get daily reminders
asking if they are experiencing any symptoms.

Sara Alert sends daily reminders until they automatically stop two weeks after the day you report arriving in Vermont. You can choose to receive messages by email, text or phone. 

If you report symptoms, the Health Department will reach out to provide guidance and next steps. Sara Alert is not a contact tracing system. It is not GPS-based, so it does not monitor your movements or track your location. 

Why sign up for Sara Alert?

✔ Fast, easy, and free reminders to check yourself for symptoms
✔ Quick access to the Health Department for guidance and information if you develop symptoms
✔ Helps our public health teams contain the spread of COVID-19

If you are enrolled in Sara Alert and have questions about your messages, email the Travel Team or call 802-863-7240 (option 6).

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What do alerts look like?

Sample email reminder:    

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Sample emailed symptom list:

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Sample text reminder:
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Hosting visitors

Under the current gathering guidelines, hosting visitors is considered a social gathering. Both you and your guests must follow Vermont’s gathering restrictions.

Limits on gathering

Vermont has restrictions on social gatherings based on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

You are fully vaccinated 14 days after your final shot. Since children under age 16 cannot get vaccinated at this time, they are considered unvaccinated.

The following limits apply to both social gatherings at a private residence and events at a venue. If you don’t know if someone is fully vaccinated, then assume everyone is unvaccinated and follow that guidance. Find out when the limits will change again.

For indoor gatherings:

There can be one unvaccinated person per 100 square feet up to 150 unvaccinated people (whichever is less), plus any number of fully vaccinated people. 100 square feet is about the area covered by a big sports utility vehicle (SUV).

  • If only fully vaccinated people are at the gathering in a private setting, no one needs to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart. Everyone is required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
  • If anyone at the gathering is unvaccinated, at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or lives with someone at who is at increased risk, then everyone needs to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.

For outdoor gatherings:

There can be 300 unvaccinated people, plus any number of fully vaccinated people.

  • When you’re outdoors, masks are only required when you’re in a crowd or with multiple other households where you can’t maintain a 6-foot distance. Follow this guidance whether you are vaccinated or not.

Learn how to gather with others safely