Vermonters Traveling Out of State

Vermonters Traveling Out of State

Travelers must quarantineAvoid non-essential travel, even within Vermont.

Vermonters are advised against non-essential travel, including within Vermont, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.

If you travel out of Vermont whether for a day trip or longer, you must quarantine in Vermont when you return for 14 days. You can end your quarantine early if you haven't had any symptoms of COVID-19, get a PCR test on or after Day 7, get a negative test result, still do not have symptoms, and continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days.

If you are fully vaccinated, and it has been 14 days since you got your final vaccine dose, you do not need to quarantine when you return to Vermont.

If you are visiting outside Vermont for a longer period, and you will travel back to Vermont in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane), you may complete either a 14-day quarantine or if you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative PCR test in the state where you are visiting. Continue to quarantine from when you receive your test result until you travel to Vermont. You may then enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days.

Even if you have recovered from COVID-19 or have gotten a positive antibody test, you must quarantine when you travel or return to Vermont under the current travel guidelines.

Vermonters must follow travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.

About quarantine

Quarantine helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 before a person knows they are sick, or if they are infected with the virus and don’t have symptoms.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from other people. Quarantine means you need to stay home and away from other people for 14 days. This means you can’t do any activities outside of your home, like going to school, work, or grocery shopping, or recreation. You should separate yourself from others and check for symptoms.

Learn more about quarantine and see tips about quarantining when you share a home.

How you travel

If you plan to travel to Vermont by public transportation (plane, train, bus), you must quarantine in Vermont.  If you are fully vaccinated, and it has been 14 days since you got your final vaccine dose, you do not need to quarantine.

The CDC requires people to wear masks when using public transportation.

When you travel, limit your stops and only stop when necessary (for example, for food, fuel, or rest). Anytime you stop, follow the prevention steps: stay at least 6 feet away from people you do not live with, wear a face mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces, and wash your hands often. Stay home and do not travel if you are sick.

Hosting travelers

Visitors from one household are allowed to stay in your home only if they are all fully vaccinated or if everyone in your household is fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since someone received their final dose.

Under the current travel guidelines, visitors to Vermont must quarantine if they are not fully vaccinated. Children who travel with their fully vaccinated parent or caregiver must quarantine.

This means that you may host visitors who are under quarantine only if your household is fully vaccinated. Since children cannot get vaccinated at this time, a household with children is not considered a fully vaccinated household.

If you are hosting travelers under quarantine in your home or lodging, you do not also need to quarantine. That means you can go to school, work, or the grocery store. However, you need to stay at least 6 feet from the people who are under quarantine. People under quarantine should wear a mask in common spaces, use a separate bathroom, eat separately, and otherwise not be in close contact with the people who are hosting them. Be sure to disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and check yourself for symptoms for 14 days.

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 quarantining. See details on essential purposes.

The quarantine 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 for certain activities without quarantining if you travel 5 miles into the neigboring state. This includes going to worship, going to a gym, getting a haircut, and participating in place-based outdoor recreation. Find out more about travel to and from border towns.

Essential travel

People traveling for essential purposes do not need to quarantine. Essential travel (link is external) 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 quarantine 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. 

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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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Getting tested

If you are under quarantine and have not had symptoms for the first 7 days of your quarantine, you can get tested. The test must be a PCR test. You should stay in quarantine until you get your results. If your test result is negative and you still haven't had any symptoms, you can end your quarantine. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days.

Talk to your health care provider to find out where to get tested. There are testing locations throughout Vermont. If you don’t have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center (link is external) or one of Vermont's free & referral clinics (link is external).

College students
If you are a college student coming home to Vermont for a break or holiday, you must quarantine for 14 days, once you arrive. Students attending a Vermont college will also need to quarantine when they return home. If you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, the quarantine period may be shortened by having a test on or after day 7 of quarantine, though you must continue to quarantine until you receive a negative test result. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days.

Please contact your college or university directly for information about testing and health guidance.

The City of Burlington has a Supportive Quarantine Program. The program includes a move-in care package of fresh local goods, a mask, and hygiene supplies. Learn more and sign up!