Visitors to Vermont

Visitors to Vermont

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Can I come to Vermont?

In ordinary times, Vermonters are pleased and proud to welcome visitors. However, as we do our best to reduce the impact of COVID-19, anyone traveling to Vermont must quarantine. The State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont. Learn more about the changes (link is external.

The Health Department strongly advises against non-essential travel, even within Vermont.

As of November 14, 2020, Governor Scott’s Executive Order prohibits gathering with people from other households. This includes both inside and outside social gatherings, in public and private spaces. 

What to Know About Quarantine
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Travel to Vermont now requires quarantine.

Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus and don’t have symptoms. Do not travel to Vermont if you are sick.

Quarantine means staying at a home or dwelling before doing any activities outside of the home, like grocery shopping or recreational activities. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others and check themselves for symptoms. Learn more about quarantine and see tips about quarantining when you share a home. We strongly encourage anyone in quarantine to sign up for daily symptom check reminders.

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Find out if you need to quarantine

If you are visiting Vermont you must quarantine for 14 days, once you arrive. This includes students coming home to Vermont for a college break or holiday. If you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, you have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantine and end your quarantine with a negative test result. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days. Staying in and completing quarantine is extremely important to help keep people from spreading the virus when they may not know they have it. 

Some travelers have the option to quarantine in their home state before coming to Vermont – read more about that option in the Quarantining at Home section.

These are exceptions to the quarantine requirement:

  • 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. 
  • People who live near the Vermont border and regularly travel to and from a neighboring state may make day trips to Vermont for work, health care, and other essential needs like groceries or visitation for parental shared custody without quarantining.

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.

Quarantining at home before coming to Vermont

Depending on how you travel to Vermont you may be able to quarantine in your home state before coming to Vermont.

Quarantining Before Coming IS an Option

If you plan to travel to Vermont in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane), you may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative PCR test in your home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions. Continue to quarantine until you travel to Vermont.

When you travel to Vermont, limit your stops. Only stop when necessary (for example, for fuel, food or rest).

When you stop, follow the general prevention steps: wear a face mask, stay at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with, avoid crowded indoor spaces, and wash your hands often. Stay home and do not travel if you are sick.

Quarantining Before Coming is NOT an Option

If you plan to travel to Vermont by public transportation (plane, train, bus) or from further than a direct car ride, you must quarantine in Vermont. You may complete either a 14-day quarantine or if you haven't had any symptoms of COVID-19, a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative PCR test, in a Vermont lodging establishment or with friends and family. You must stay in your quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site. 

Sign up for daily symptom check reminders
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Help us contain the spread of COVID-19 by signing up for 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 by email, text or phone 
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. If you are going to be in Vermont for at least two weeks, it’s important to stay enrolled for the entire monitoring period to help our public health response to COVID-19.

If symptoms are reported, a member of our team 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 someone's movements or track their 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).

Overnight stays

For people who have come to Vermont from another state, overnight stays in lodging, camping and short-term rental properties are allowed as described below.

When you arrive at the lodging site, you and anyone traveling with you must self-certify (link is external)that you meet one of these conditions:

  1. Have completed a 14-day quarantine in your home state and traveled directly to Vermont in a personal vehicle OR
  2. Have had a negative PCR test result in your home state on or after 7 days of quarantine OR
  3. Are authorized to work in Vermont

And you must also meet both of these conditions:

  1. Not had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days AND
  2. Not had COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours.

Travelers also have the option to quarantine in a Vermont lodging site. Travelers may complete either a 14-day quarantine OR a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative PCR test in Vermont. This applies regardless of where someone began their trip, or what type of transportation they used. Travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine, except to travel to and from a test site.

If travelers are staying less than 14 or 7 days, they must stay in quarantine for the duration of their time in Vermont. 

Find more details on lodging and accommodations (link is external) from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

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. 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.
 
If you are a Vermonter picking up a student from an out-of-state college, you and the student will need to quarantine for 14 days when you come back to Vermont. If you have not had symptoms of COVID-19, you have the option to get a PCR test on day 7 and end your quarantine with 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.
 
Find out how to safely pick up a student from college.  (link is external)

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! (link is external)

Weigh the risks when you're making plans

At this point you may be eager to see your friends and family again. When making plans or going out, look for these three things:
  1. Six-Foot Spaces - Are people staying at least 6 feet away from each other?
  2. Masks on Faces – Are people wearing face masks?
  3. Uncrowded Places – Will it be uncrowded with enough space to spread out?

Any of these will lower the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 but the more you have, the better!